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Union and Madison with Storyboard Memphis

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 […]

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Shotgun Houses

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. […]

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A Tour of Glenview Historic District

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 […]

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Lustron Homes of Memphis

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 […]

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Hotel Pontotoc and The Peabody

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 […]

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Mid-Century Architecture in Memphis with Aften Locken

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Downtown

Dead Men Walking in Barboro Alley

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 […]

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Guest Posts North Memphis

The Holiday Inn Great Sign

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 […]

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Midtown

An Eye for Architecture at SCO

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 […]

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East Memphis

Faux Retro: Park Cosmorama

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 […]