Memphis Commercial Appeal . Posted
August 21, 2012 at 6:29 p.m.
City of Memphis transfers James Lee
House in Victorian Village to developer
By Amos Maki
The City Council
voted unanimously Tuesday to transfer the historic James Lee House
in Victorian Village to a private developer for $1.
the former executive director of Latino Memphis, plans to invest
$2.1 million to transform the stately but decaying home on Adams
into a bed-and-breakfast.
“This gets rid of
a big symbol of blight,” said councilman Lee Harris, who sponsored
the resolution transferring the property.
The mansion at 690
Adams was originally built in 1848 and was left to the city in 1936
for use as an art school. The house has been vacant since 1959.
The project was
supported by the state and Memphis chapters of the Association for
the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities and the Community
Development Corp. of Victorian Village
“We see this as
the beginning of a domino theory of good things happening in the
neighborhood,” said Scott Blake, executive director of the CDC.
Mallory Neely house, which has been closed for seven years, is
scheduled to be reopened to the public in November.