Historic and Beautiful Memphis Homes

 

Memphis has always been noted for beautiful neighborhoods and particularly for elegant homes and spectacular gardens.  Many of these neighborhoods are tree-lined avenues bordered by stately homes.  Evergreen is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city with many beautiful homes from the turn of the century.  Vollintine-Evergreen is a 1920s era neighborhood with many homes on the National Register of Historic Places.  Cooper-Young has quaint, yet historic residential homes.  Central Gardens has stately turn-of-the-century homes with the feel of a simpler, more elegant era. In 1983, this area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is consistently listed in Memphis Magazine's annual survey as the 'Best Neighborhood' in the city.   The Chickasaw Gardens area has elegant homes surrounded by a park and a lake filled with wildfowl.  East Parkway has large  estates


John Martin Home - 1861

 in a cool park-like setting.  And Adams Avenue, now know as Victorian Village,  is the home for Memphis's remaining Victorian Mansions.   The selection of photos below are not listed in any particular order - neither by date nor historical importance.   Ironically, in a city that's not known for preserving its past, most of these Memphis homes are still standing.  Near the bottom of this page, there's a  photo selection of today's homes which shows  the desire for large, elegant homes is still alive.  If you plan to visit Memphis, try to make it in April when the dogwoods and azaleas are blooming.  It's an experience you won't forget.

 
 

 Click on small photos to enlarge and to read information about the house. 

 

Ashler Hall  -1896   

Hunt-Phelan House - 1828

       Harsson-Goyer-Lee House - 1848

     
     
     

 Elias Lowenstein House - 1891   

Mollie Fontaine Taylor - 1890

        Annesdale - 1850

     
     
     

Anderson-Coward House - 1840      

D. T. Porter House - 1895

        Clanlo Hall - 1853

     
     
     

Napoleon Hill House - 1881      

Mallory-Neeley - 1852

        Roland Darnell - 19th Century Club - 1909

     
     
     

Hillcrest - 1907      

Pillow-McIntyre - 1852

        Galloway Mansion - 1910

     
     

Graceland - 1939      

John Overton, Jr. - ???

 Joseph Newberger - 1912

     
     
     

    Clarence Saunders - Pink Palace 1922

Woodruff-Fontaine -  1871

 W. R. Harris - 1853

     
     
     

E. H. Crump - 1908     

Robert Church - 1884

Robertson Topp -  1841

     
     
     

William Miller - 1916     

Henry Montgomery - 1860's

Davies Manor - 1807

     
     
     

       Van Vleet Mansion - c. 1856   

W. B. Mallory House - 1890's

Watkins Overton -  ???

     
 

 

 
     

Dunscomb House - c. 1844        

William Bell House-  C. 1899

Gilbert Raine House -  1890's

     
 
 
 

Carimi House - 1895         

Fisk Collinswood - 1891

Frank Jones -  1890's

     
 
 
      Shellcrest - 1863

Laurelhill - 1863

John S. Toof - 1876

    1st James Lee - 1868

       
 
        

Bradford-Maydwell - 1859

Massey House - 1844-49

    Fowlkes-Boyle - 1859

     
     
     

William Randolph Home- 1912    

Beverly Hall - Greenwood - 1904

Littleton-Pettit Home - 1848

     
     
     

Hilderbrande Home - 1850    

Fargason Mansion - 1915

Wright Carriage House - 1840s

     
     
     

Mette House - 1872              

Magevney House -  after 1833

              Rozelle House - 1853

 

 
 

Jefferson Davis House 1867-78

Frank A.  Norfleet Home - 1910

W. A. Gage House -

 
 

Vintage Homes ...

Most of the homes pictured in this section are early 1900's turn of the century homes  and their history is still being lived and written.  Many of them are on the National Register of Historic Homes.

Central Gardens             

Central Gardens

Central Gardens

Harbert Avenue - 1911            

S. McLean

        Chickasaw Gardens

Heartwood Hall - Raleigh               

Lowenstein-Long Home

                   E. Parkway S. - 1920s

McLean Avenue              

Overton Park Avenue

       Parkway

      Central Gardens

Harbert Avenue

        Glenwood Place

Cowden - 1910                      

Cooper-Young

                  E. Parkway - 1917

McLean - 1924            

Peabody - 1900

             Poplar Av

Morningside Park                    

Central Avenue

              McLean - 1933

Carrier Hall - 1923 Kingsland - 1931-33

Everett Cook Home - 1938

Newer Homes ...

The desire for spacious and elegant homes is still very much in evidence in this selection of homes built in various Memphis locations since 2000.  Imagine which ones will still be here 100 years from now.

       
       

       
       
       
       

Historic Homes Memorabilia and Vintage Photos

1865 Soldiers-at Hunt-Phelan

Union Av 1906

Building E. Parkway Overpass

E.Parkway-Madison

1900 Ball at Lee House       

Goyer-Lee China

Civil War Canteen

Jeff Davis House For Sale

Lee House Miniature Model

   

Family Reunion in front of W. A. Gage Home 

   

When the Dogwoods and Azaleas bloom in April ...

                                                        ...  Memphis is transformed into the most beautiful area on earth.

       
       

       

CREDITS: The "Historic-Memphis" Team would like to acknowledge and thank the following organizations for their contributions which helped make this page possible:  Memphis Public Library, University of Memphis Library, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Memphis Press Scimitar, Greater Memphis Chamber, Memphis Flyer, Vance Lauderdale Family Archives, Memphis Heritage, FultonHistory.com, Johnsonarchive.wordpress.com, Tom Leatherwood Shelby County Register, Lee Askew, George Whitworth, Joe Spake,  and many other individuals whose assistance is acknowledged on individual photos.

 

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