Guide covers famous to obscure historic sites
Official: Preservation involves more than saving buildings
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