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Mid-Century Architecture in Memphis with Aften Locken

In Podcast by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play Aften takes us back to the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s – very important in understanding mid-century modern architecture. Then, she schools us on how to recognize key aspects of these structures… Here’s a hint: Does it look like it’s from The Jetsons? It’s probably mid-mod! Some of her favorites in Memphis …

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Dead Men Walking in Barboro Alley

In Downtown by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

With a name that bounces around your mouth as you say it, Barboro Alley will immediately charm you with its old-fashioned stone walkway nestled between façades of peeling paint. Just stepping into the alley takes you back to another century. Except that in past centuries, you might not have taken such a pleasant stroll between the restaurants and bars you …

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The Holiday Inn Great Sign

In Guest Posts, North Memphis by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

Many of you have asked us about the Holiday Inn sign. Today, we’re pleased to bring you a guest post exploring the history of this iconic sign by Caroline Mitchell Carrico, Exhibits Design Coordinator at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum. Without further ado, we present the Holiday Inn sign… In 1951, Memphis businessman Kemmons Wilson took a vacation that changed …

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An Eye for Architecture at SCO

In Midtown by Khara Woods0 Comments

The 22 foot oculus, seemingly cut out from the side of Southern College of Optometry’s (SCO) 11-story tower is hard to miss. In architecture, an oculus is known as a circular opening, like the ones you often see at the top of domes. Think of Saint Peter’s dome at the Vatican. Oculus is also the Latin word for eye, and …

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Faux Retro: Park Cosmorama

In East Memphis by Brenda Wilkerson0 Comments

When you pull into the parking lot of the Park Cosmorama strip mall, you might assume the large sign greeting you is from the era of The Jetsons. But, surprisingly, the Park Cosmorama sign isn’t a relic – it was installed at the turn of this century. Built sometime in the 1950s, this strip mall on Park between Mendenhall and …