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Landmark Downtown building for sale at Aug. 18 auction

Tuesday, 09 August 2011 23:20

"If the walls of the commercial building at 371 Carroll Ave. could talk, what a story they could tell."

The Daily News reported on the auction of a landmark building in downtown Memphis. Read an excerpt from the story or read the full story at the Daily News website.


History on the Block

Landmark Downtown building for sale at Aug. 18 auction

By Andy Meek

If the walls of the commercial building at 371 Carroll Ave could talk, what a story they could tell.

Morris Auction Group is auctioning in mid-August a Downtown structure that was once home to a riverboat captain, then later a boarding house, brothel and a church. Elvis Presley’s aunt once lived there too.
(Photo: Lance Murphey)

The story would begin around 1900, when property records show the Downtown structure was built. It would include a mention of former occupants – like a riverboat captain and even a relative of Elvis Presley – as well as the building’s odd but colorful assortment of uses.

At varying points in its history, the structure has served as a boarding house, a brothel and even a church. It was completely restored in 1988, and most recently, it was a lawyer’s office.

Later this month, ownership of the structure will change hands. Morris Auction Group is conducting an auction of the building Aug. 18 at noon at the Morris Auction Center, 2687 Mt. Moriah Terrace.

Regardless of price, the highest bidder will walk away as the new owner.

“It’s a really neat historical structure – one of the few left in that area that’s close to the Criminal Justice Center,” said Morris Auction Group founder and president Jeff Morris, referring to the fact the property is less than half a mile east of 201 Poplar Ave.

“It had some law partners that wanted to relocate, so they chose the auction method of marketing to move the property in a very quick fashion.”

The 3,588-square-foot building sits on 0.11 acres on Carroll, near the intersection of Danny Thomas Boulevard and Poplar, directly east of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at the corner of Poplar and Danny Thomas. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2011 appraisal is $229,500.

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