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Union and Madison with Storyboard Memphis

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, Caitlin chats with Mark Fleischer, the man behind Storyboard Memphis. We talk most about Union and Madison Avenues, so that makes this show another good ol’ piece of Memphis street history for ya! Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play When Mark first came to Memphis, he luckily landed …

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Shotgun Houses

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast I educate Rebecca on Midtown Memphis’ favorite type of home – the quintessentially Southern shotgun house. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play Shotgun houses can be found all over the south, including Memphis. First up, let’s understand the format of a shotgun house. It’s narrow – just one …

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A Tour of Glenview Historic District

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, I give Rebecca an overview of the history behind Glenview Historic District. Then we sit down with Glenview resident Tramica Morris who tells us all about the history of her home and so kindly gives us a tour! Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play In 1904, architect George …

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Lustron Homes of Memphis

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, I tell Rebecca all about the engineering and architectural marvel that was the Lustron home. Three of these rare postwar gems can be found in Memphis. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play Carl Strandlund invented the Lustron home to answer the need for affordable housing for soldiers returning …

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Hotel Pontotoc and The Peabody

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In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, we tell each other the history behind a favorite historical Memphis hotel. Rebecca dives right into how The Peabody Hotel came to be, while I share about the lesser known Hotel Pontotoc. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play The very first Peabody Hotel opened in 1869 at the …

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Mid-Century Architecture in Memphis with Aften Locken

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …