Famous Architecture Self-Guided Tour of Memphis, Memphis

Taking this self-guided tour, you will become familiar not only with Memphis's most beautiful historic architecture, such as the Magevney House and the Mallory-Neely House, but you will also learn how to find your way around the asphalt jungle of downtown Memphis. 100 North Main and the Sterick and Dermon Buildings, the tallest buildings in Memphis, will become your guides as you navigate the city. So come discover the past and don't get lost in the present!
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Famous Architecture Self-Guided Tour of Memphis Map

Guide Name: Famous Architecture Self-Guided Tour of Memphis
Guide Location: USA » Memphis (See other walking tours in Memphis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Author: val
Harsson-Goyer-Lee House

1) Harsson-Goyer-Lee House

Harsson-Goyer-Lee House is a Victorian house located in downtown Memphis. It was built in the 1840s and is located in an area called the Victorian Village. Wealthy residents built grand mansions in an area often referred to as Millionaire Row. The house is a fine example of Victorian design. It features a Mansard tower, rounded arch Italianate windows, and cornice brackets.

The city’s first art school, the Memphis College of Art, now the Memphis School of Art, was located in the building....   view more
Mallory-Neely House

2) Mallory-Neely House

The Mallory-Neely House is a historic mansion located on Adams Avenue in the renowned Victorian Village district of Memphis. The residence was built in 1852 for banker Isaac Kirtland and his family. The house name comes from two of the families that lived there, the Barton Lee Mallory and James Columbus Neely families. The home features an Italianate villa-style design, turn of the century furnishings and décor, stained glass windows, artwork, and statutes from the around the world.

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Magevney House

3) Magevney House

Located on Adams Avenue in the Victorian Village is the Magevney House, one of the oldest residences in the city. The house was built in the 1830s by Eugene Magevney, an Irish immigrant, and includes an herb garden and grape arbor. Magevney emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1828 and settled in Memphis in 1833. He worked as an educator and civic leader until his death from yellow fever in 1873. The house contains many personal effects of the family and gives an accurate glimpse into...   view more
100 North Main

4) 100 North Main

Known as the tallest building in Memphis, 100 North Main is a 430-foot, 37-story skyscraper that borders Adams Street, North Second Street, and North Main Street. Locals often referred to the structure as the “UP” or the “Union Planters” building due to its former tenants, the Union Planters Bank. The building designer of the modernist structure was Robert Lee Hall. Construction was completed in 1965. The building is very similar in design to the 633 Building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Burch, Porter & Johnson's Historic Location

5) Burch, Porter & Johnson's Historic Location

One important landmark in Memphis is the Burch, Porter & Johnson's Law Firm. Located on Court Avenue, the building has played a significant part in Memphis history. The firm is composed of two buildings, the Tennessee Club Building and the Goodbar Building. Construction joined the two buildings together in 1982.

The firm represented Dr. Martin Luther King during the Memphis Sanitation March in 1968 and was in court representing him when they heard of the assassination attempt that...   view more
Dermon Building

6) Dermon Building

The Dermon Building is an impressive 10-story 10,000 square foot building in downtown Memphis. Located at the junction of Court Avenue and North Third Street, the building is famous for its dark brown brick and yellow, green, and white terra cotta exterior. Although many buildings featured terra cotta design, most terra cotta buildings in the 1920s were white in color. The multi-colored design of this building makes it a remarkable contribution to the Memphis skyline.

The building was...   view more
Sterick Building

7) Sterick Building

The Sterick Building is the fifth tallest building and was the tallest building in Tennessee until the early 1960s. The 29-story building features a Gothic design was designed by Wyatt C. Hendrick and Company. It was named for its first owners, R.E. Sterling and Wyatt Hedrick. The building was constructed in 1930.

Located on the corner of Madison Avenue and North Third Street, this building was known as “The Queen of Memphis” and “the most complex, most fabulous building in Memphis.”...   view more
Madison Hotel

8) Madison Hotel

Built at the beginning of the twentieth century in 1905, the 14-story Tennessee Trust Building was one of Memphis's first skyscrapers! For its time, the building had a progressive design, combining ornate, classical styling with the ruggedness of the era's prominent buildings. Recently, the deteriorating structure of the historic former Tennessee Trust Bank building was converted into the high-quality, 110-room Madison...   view more
Old Daisy Theatre

9) Old Daisy Theatre

Located on the infamous Beale Street, the Old Daisy Theater is known as the “#1 tourist attraction in the State of Tennessee. Built in 1902, the venue was a major stop on the “Chitlin’ Circuit” from the 1930s to the 1960s. The “Chitlin’ Circuit” was the only safe way for Rhythm and Blues artists to perform in the segregated south. George Benson, Ike and Tina Turner, Duke Ellington, the Jackson Five, Lena Horne, the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett are a few of the...   view more
Tennessee Brewery

10) Tennessee Brewery

The Tennessee Brewery is a building that formerly housed the Memphis Brewing Company, one of the largest breweries of its era. At one time, they produced over 250,000 barrels per year. It was also the first beer production company for the city.

From 1877 to 1954, they produced many famous beers such as, Pilsener, Export, Tennessee Pale, Bavarian and Columbian Extra Pale, Erlanger, and Goldcrest 51. Goldcrest 51 was known as “the finest beer you ever tasted." The brewery was added to...   view more

Walking Tours in Memphis, Tennessee

Create Your Own Walk in Memphis

Create Your Own Walk in Memphis

Creating your own self-guided walk in Memphis is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

One of the most iconic destinations in the U.S., the city of Memphis has gone down in history for many different reasons. Thousands of tourists flock to the city each year out of desire to visit Sun Studio where Elvis made his early recordings, or to take a stroll down the Beale, or to stop by the National Civil Rights Museum and honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To find your way around these and other major attractions of Memphis, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Religious Walking Tour of Memphis

Religious Walking Tour of Memphis

The churches of Memphis have seen much hardship, from slavery to racism to yellow fever epidemics, yet they have withstood these trials, as have the American people. On this tour, you will see the oldest church in Memphis, the First United Methodist Church. You will find out why St.Mary's is associated with Martin Luther King's death and much more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Memphis Blues Walking Tour

Memphis Blues Walking Tour

Visit Beale Street, the cradle of Memphis blues. Find out about the first jug bands at the Old Daisy Theatre. See the famous washtub bass! Learn about the musical instruments, such as the kazoo and guimbarde! Check out W.C. Handy's statue. Enjoy the famous "Woke Up This Morning," "Please Love Me," and other hits of B.B. King at his blues club. Take this tour and empathize with record producer Sam Phillips, who called the Memphis blues "the type of music I'm looking for."

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Night Club Tour of Memphis

Night Club Tour of Memphis

Let this night be the one you'll never forget! Warm up with a salsa at the Rumba Room. Get into a heated discussion about what you think is the best beer in the world at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. Visit Alfred's, the best dance club on Beale Street! Feel the spirit of the South at the Hard Rock Cafe! Life is too short to sleep! Take this night club walking tour to feel "the music of the night" in amazing Memphis!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Museums and Art Galleries Self-Guided Tour of Memphis

Museums and Art Galleries Self-Guided Tour of Memphis

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Downtown Walking Tour of Memphis

Downtown Walking Tour of Memphis

Downtown Memphis, located on the Mississippi River, is the oldest part of the city. Start your self-guided tour at the Fire Museum of Memphis, then head to the Peabody Hotel to see the "Peabody Ducks." Visit a classic movie palace, then honor a U.S. civil hero and view the Memphis skyline from Tom Lee Park on this tour of Memphis' downtown highlights.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km