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The last magnificent home on Union Avenue

Will the Nineteenth Century Club fall victim to the track hoes?

Nineteenth Century Club

Nineteenth Century Club

The Nineteenth Century Club is a philanthropic and cultural women’s organization.  The organization bought the magnificent house at 1433 Union Avenue in 1926.  The mansion was originally built for Rowland J. Darnell in 1909 and was one of many mansions that lined the stretch of  in Midtown. Now it’s the last one standing, the next door neighbor of Taco Bell.  The area is now home to fast food joints, strip shopping centers, and modern office buildings and retail.

The property is for sale for  $1.5 Million.  I know many of us would hate to see the building demolished, so let’s hope an angel arrives in time with the ideas and money to save this house from the wrecking ball.  If you are, or know such a person, there are plenty of us who will happily help you  with all necessary due diligence.

An estate sale was held last weekend, and I was able to get  photos of some of the interior details.

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Mission Accomplished! Another piece of Memphis’ history gone

Plenty has been written about the fate of Union Avenue United Methodist Church which sat at the southwest corner of Union Avenue and Cooper Street for 100 years.

There is no use rehashing the actions of the the Methodist Church, real estate agent, OPD, the City Council, Memphis Heritage, the lawyers, the protesters.   The building is gone, to be replaced by a tacky one-story drug store – the fourth in a quarter mile radius.  For CVS, it’s MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Continue reading

Cooper-Young Arts for Art’s Sake Auction – April 9

Karen Bottle Capps

Karen Bottle Capps with “She Flew the Coop”

One of my favorite Spring Midtown events is Cooper-Young’s Arts for Art’s Sake Auction, being held this year on April 9.
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