Memphis Union Avenue Vintage Postcards and Photos


Today's Union Avenue is almost unrecognizable from the street that it used to be.  There were many major buildings,  grand churches, and large, beautiful homes.  Today it's a strip mall loaded with fast-food chains - one after another.  And there appears to be no change in the immediate future.  Two Union Avenue landmarks were recently sold -  the 19th Century Club, and the Scottish Rite Temple.  Both were scheduled for demolition in spite of being on the National Register.  As of January 2017, the 19th Century Club was renovated and opened as the "Isakaya Restaurant".


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Vintage Postcards of Union Avenue ...


          Union 1906

Main-Union Tourist Home 1951  Peabody Hotel

Main-Union 1909          Union Residential Bungalows 1912 Main-Union 1909

Residential Union-Belvedere 1908 Union 1939 Memphis Funeral Home

Memphis Funeral Home

  Union Av Bungalows Union Avenue Residential

Vintage Photos of Union Avenue ...




Main-Union - 1910

Union-Blackout 1941

Union Residential


Union 1939 Union Avenue Marker Union 1953 Main-Union 1920

     Union - Looking West 1942

Union - West 1895

Union-Morrison 1940s

Union at night - Poland

Union Avenue ... today





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