Status: Preserved

Location: Roughly bounded by Madison and Monroe Avenues, and Main and Second Streets, in Memphis

Built: ca. 1860-ca. 1935

Architectural Style: Various: simple vernacular, Romanesque, Beaux Arts, Neo-Classical

Original Function/Purpose: Commercial

The Madison-Monroe Historic District was placed on the National Register on May 19, 1983.

History: Madison-Monroe Historic District is centrally located in Memphis’ downtown area, and its buildings exhibit a wide range of styles. The area contains some of the city’s best examples of terra cotta and stone workmanship. It contains 39 commercial buildings of which 35 were built between 1860 and 1935.The district has been significant in both the commercial and the architectural development of the city. It has historically been Memphis’s financial district since 1900 and has the city’s finest collection of Neo-Classical commercial structures.


Outline of the Madison-Monroe Historic District downtown.
Map of the district used in its National Register nomination.

City Council District: 6

Super District: 8

County Commission District: 8