Status: Preserved

Location: Roughly bounded by Highland and Goodlett Streets and by the Southern Railway and Park Avenue; includes portions of Buck Street and Carnes and Douglass Avenues; Echles, Goodlett, Goodman, Graham, and Houston Streets; Kearney Avenue, Loeb Street, Marion Avenue, Normal Circle and Park Avenue; Patterson and Shotwell Streets; and Spottswood Avenue and Watson Street, in Memphis

Built: Mid-1920s, 1940s-1950s

Architectural Style: Various: Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Minimal Traditional, Massed Ranch, Minimal Ranch, etc.

Original Function/Purpose: Residential

The Normal Station Historic District was placed on the National Register on Aug. 10, 2005.

History: Normal Station Historic District is roughly three-quarters of a square mile in size, located south of the University of Memphis. The area was a farm community in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that grew into a small town with the coming of West Tennessee State Normal School and Southern Railway’s Normal Station, and into a middle-class “automobile suburb” in the 1940s and ‘50s, helped then by the arrival of Kennedy Veterans Hospital and the later growth of Memphis State / University of Memphis. The area was annexed by the City of Memphis in 1929. A major developer of mass affordable housing in this district was John B. Goodwin, following his work in the construction of the Veterans Hospital. Fifty-seven percent of the district’s housing stock was constructed in the 1950s, and of 1096 principal buildings, 867 contribute to this listing.


Outline of the Normal Station Historic District.
Map of the district used in its National Register nomination.

City Council District: 5

Super District: 9

County Commission District: 13