Address: 100 North Main Street, Memphis
Architectural Style: Thirty-eight-story Late International skyscraper
Original Function/Purpose: Commerce
History: This building, the tallest in Memphis and occupying half of a city block, was designed by Robert Lee Hall, who also designed Clark Tower. Its tenant base consisted primarily of professionals involved with government and the courts such as attorneys, title companies, etc. For years it featured a rotating restaurant on the top floor and a large “UP Bank” advertising sign atop that, but the sign was removed when Union Planters bank was acquired by Regions Bank. Much of the empty building was vacant by 2012. IMH Memphis LLC purchased the building in 2015 and planned to renovate and convert it to apartments and a hotel, but was never able to finance the project. The lender for that purchase, THM Memphis LLC, reclaimed the building at a foreclosure sale in January 2018. In April 2019, owner Townhouse Management Co. (THM) of New York announced plans to convert the building into a convention hotel, joined by Lowes Hotels. Lowes later announced its own plans to build a hotel on Civic Center Plaza across from City Hall, and Lowes and the City of Memphis pulled away from any association with THM. In late 2020 THM sued the city for not including the building in plans for the new Loews Convention Center Hotel. In early 2021 the City Council approved the purchase of the 38-story building, which comes with parcels occupying the entire block, “so redevelopment of the whole block would not be stymied.” The property has been bought by a body of the Downtown Memphis Commission, namely the Downtown Mobility Authority, which will put out a request for proposals. Possibilities include multi-use projects such as a mix of hotel rooms, multi-family residential, retail and restaurant space. The interested parties have agreed that lawsuits concerning the property will be dropped. And because it is a registered historic property, tax credits could help with its rehabilitation.
City Council District: 6
Super District: 8
County Commission District: 8