Sights and Scenes: Downtown Memphis

Sights and scenes around the streets of Downtown Memphis.

Incorporated in 1826 and named after a city in Egypt, Memphis was one of only two cities in the American South to have more than 100,000 residents prior to 1900. Today, the city is home to 652,000 residents.

The 22 story Lincoln America Tower was completed in 1924.

In March 2019, the Malco Powerhouse Cinema Grill opened adjacent to Memphis Union Station, becoming the first movie cinema in Downtown Memphis since 1976.

Of the four original municipal parks laid out by the city planners in 1819, Court Square is the only one left in its original form.

The 20 story Exchange Building was completed in 1910.

The 25 story First Tennessee Building was completed in 1964.

Looking west down Monroe Avenue.

Known as the “South’s Grand Hotel,” The Peabody Hotel is a Memphis icon that dates back to 1869.

Looking west down Union Avenue.

AutoZone Park is a Minor League Baseball stadium that is home to the Memphis Redbirds of the Triple-A East (affliliate of the St. Louis Cardinals) and Memphis 901 FC of the USL Championship. The 10,000 seat stadium was constructed for $80 million in 2009, making it the most expensive structure ever built specifically for minor league baseball.

Completed in 1930, the 29 story Sterick Building was the tallest building in Tennessee and the Southern United States until 1957.

South Main Street.