Status: Preserved

Location: An irregular pattern along South Front Street, Wagner Place and Tennessee Street, from Beale Street to G.E. Patterson Avenue (formerly Calhoun Avenue), in Memphis

Built: 1870s-1950

Architectural Style: Neo-Classical Revival, Egyptian Revival, Romanesque Revival, etc.

Original Function/Purpose: Commercial

The South Bluffs Warehouse Historic District was placed on the National Register on June 4, 1987.

History: The South Bluffs Warehouse Historic District is a collection of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century warehouses or industrial buildings, many of them utilitarian structures with little architectural embellishment. There are exceptions, however, such as the National Register-listed Tennessee Brewery (Romanesque Revival), as well as Ballard and Ballard Company Obelisk Flour building (Egyptian Revival) and the original Piggly Wiggly headquarters building (Neo-Classical). Nearly two-thirds of the buildings were constructed during the 1900s to 1930s period, and about a third during the 1920s. Many other structures and elements are important additions to the character of the district and its high degree of integrity: the narrow streets, short blocks and wide sidewalks, two unaltered railroad viaducts, etc.


Outline of the South Bluffs Warehouse Historic District.
Map of the district used in its National Register nomination.

City Council District: 6

Super District: 8

County Commission District: 8