Guide covers fa­mous to ob­scure his­toric sites

Of­fi­cial: Preser­va­tion in­volves more than sav­ing build­ings

The Commercial Appeal - - Front Page -

It has the mak­ings of a cof­fee ta­ble book for lo­cal his­tory buffs.

Facts and pho­tos de­tail a trove of fed­er­ally des­ig­nated his­toric prop­er­ties, from tourist mag­net Beale Street to ob­scu­ri­ties like the Elam Homestead.

Mem­phis Her­itage Inc.’s new guide con­tains Mem­phis and Shelby County’s 194 list­ings on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places: build­ings, neigh­bor­hoods, districts, parks and land­marks.

Some are world-fa­mous: Sun Stu­dio and Grace­land. Oth­ers are un­known among most Mem­phi­ans, like the Elam Homestead on Fox Street near Kim­ball and Prescott. It’s two rooms that sur­vived from a circa 1854 log house, de­scribed as “the last sur­viv­ing nine­teenth log build­ing in Mem­phis.”

The pri­vate, non­profit preser­va­tion group pre­sented

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