Early History of The “U Club”

At the intersections of Cleveland Street, Central Avenue and Lamar Avenue, just outside of the Central Garden’s official western border, resides the University Club –…

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Central Gardens’ Historic Inventory to be Updated for a New Decade

A long-overdue update to the National Historic Register for the Central Gardens Historic District to begin in 2020 HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION By Mark Fleischer “I…

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A Preview of The Central Gardens Home Tour, the Annual Revival & Walk Thru of Midtown History

NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD By Mark Fleischer In mid-1970s Memphis, after two decades of white flight when the physical center of Memphis felt closer to Poplar and…

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1585 Central Ave: A House, And A City Council, At Odds With History, Part I

2018 marks Central Garden’s twenty-fifth year as a Historic Overlay District under the jurisdictional protections of the Memphis Landmarks Commission. For this two-part installment, we…

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Getting Central Gardens on the National Register “This Gracious Neighborhood”

As a follow-up to both the Neighborhood Improvement Plan and the establishment of the Memphis Landmarks Commission in 1975, the city embarked on a survey…

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Memphis and Central Gardens During The Preservation Era

Twenty-five years ago, in April of 1993, the Central Gardens Neighborhood gained unanimous approval from the Memphis City Council in becoming the city’s ninth Historic…

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A Decades-Long Gift From Central Gardens

Last December the Central Gardens communications committee sat down to discuss how they might honor the upcoming 2017 year, which would mark the 50th anniversary…

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Union Avenue – Central Gardens’ Misunderstood Main Street

Directly north of Central Gardens, Union Avenue has for generations served as its de facto Main Street. Today it is a mix of gas stations,…

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