Address: 1822 Overton Park Avenue, Memphis
Architectural Style: Greek Revival
Original Function/Purpose: Residential
History: This home was built by businessman Robert Galloway who named it Paisley Hall for the town in Scotland where his father was born. Galloway was highly instrumental in establishing the Memphis Zoo and chaired the Memphis Park Commission through 17 of its early years. Better known now as Galloway House, his home is considered to be one of the best examples of early twentieth century Greek Revival architecture in Memphis. Four massive limestone Ionic columns support a two-story front portico. Many of the interior features were imported from Europe, including a marble fireplace with an elaborately carved French walnut mantel in the drawing room featuring life-sized figures. Elvis Presley was interested in Galloway House prior to buying Graceland. The mansion’s grounds once encompassed the entire city block it sits on. While other houses have now been added, it still occupies 1.3 acres of well-manicured grounds with glorious azaleas more than six feet tall.
City Council District: 5
Super District: 9
County Commission District: 7