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Buildings worth saving? (Part 5)

What to do with the Tennesssee Brewery?  They shut down production of Goldcrest 51 Beer a long time ago.  Built in 1890 this fortress is on Tennessee St. at Butler and is included in the CCC’s list of Top 10 Downtown buildings worth saving.  If  I were going to produce a horror film in Memphis, this would be the place for the interiors.   As you explore  {I was granted legal access on a few occasions} the building you stumble on vestiges of sets [Check out the scene in I Walk the Line , where young Johnny C goes into a  German music store to look at guitars-that’s the Brewery.] and the left over decorations from parties and galas, but a full tour of the building, up to the roof, is a ghostly experience.   You can almost feel the presence of the workers on the gothic staircases, feel the cold of the chiller room, and see the roustabouts loading barrels on wagons and trucks in the courtyard.

Tennessee Brewery, Memphis, TN

You have not seen the Memphis in May Fireworks until you have seen them from the roof.  This great building is high on my list of keepers.

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