It was a nice afternoon to walk my dog through Court Square. This small park is located on Main Street between Jefferson and Madison. Not only is the park beautiful but some of downtown's most beautiful buildings surround it.
The following is an excerpt from an October 17, 2006 article about Court Square by Andy Meek from the Daily News:
"The park is the only public square contained in the original plan for Memphis that still retains its early character, said architectural historian Judith Johnson.
In 1819, the city's founders set aside what's now Court Square for public use to build a court house. It was eventually the site of Memphis' first schoolhouse and later abounded with restaurants and hotels. By 1849, Court Square had evolved into a bucolic public park, shaded by trees and teeming with wildlife. "The (Court Square historic) district is an intact grouping of architecturally significant commercial buildings constructed between 1880 and 1930," Johnson said. "
The Hebe Fountain, erected in 1876, donated to the City by some prominent city leaders. In Greek mythology Hebe was the Cupbearer to the Gods.
The Tennessee Club Building, built in 1890 is an interesting mix of Moorish and Victorian architecture.
Lincoln American Tower - Now leasing residential as well as commercial space. For information visit their website:
Also be sure to visit the PR Lounge section of their website for news footage of the October 2006 dramatic fire that had many downtowners standing in Court Square at 4:30am staring in disbelief, including me.
The Exchange Building