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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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The Life and Times of the French Quarter Hotel

In Midtown by Brenda Wilkerson7 Comments

In 1983, the corner of Madison and Cooper was home to a popular supper club called Solomon Alfred’s (formerly Godfathers). The club’s owner, plastic surgeon Dr. Garnett Murphy, thought the property might be better suited to a boutique-style hotel. He partnered with successful local hotel developers Ron Kirkpatrick (Sr. and Jr.), Don Pemberton, and Tom Talley. Inspired by the Lagniappe …

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The Sculptures of Peabody Park

In Midtown by Brenda Wilkerson0 Comments

Tucked against the train trestle on Cooper near Central, three-acre Peabody Park is a sleeper favorite of Midtowners and their children. The park was established in the early 1900s and underwent a renovation around 2000. It contains a popular splash park, a playground, a historic pavilion… and a pair of intriguing sculptures by Memphis artist Yvonne Bobo, titled “Without Boundaries.” …

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Memphis Street History: McLean Boulevard

In Midtown by Brenda Wilkerson0 Comments

Stretching seven miles, from James Road at its north end to Lamar Avenue at its south end, McLean Boulevard runs through the heart of Midtown. Its centrality alone makes it a good subject for Memphis Street History, but as it turns out, the McLean family has had a notable impact on Memphis’s past and even its present! McLean Boulevard was …

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Electrical Workers Union Neon Sign

In Midtown by Khara Woods0 Comments

Shares 3 1 1 Henry Miller, founder and first president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union, worked on high voltage lines as a lineman for the Potomac Light and Power Company in Washington D.C. That is, until one day he suffered a tragic accident while restoring power to a neighborhood after a storm. Glenn Greenwell, president of Memphis’ …

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Overton Key Art

In Midtown by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

One of the best parts of living where I live, is it is in walking distance to Overton Square. For the past year, when days are not cold and dreary, I have enjoyed venturing over to the square to see its progression into a little land of great mirth. I’ve observed a parking garage ascend, new artwork cover walls, new …