VOL. 129 | NO. 154 | Friday, August 8, 2014
Nineteenth Century Club Mansion Could Be Saved
By Amos Maki
The Union Avenue mansion that housed the Nineteenth Century Club might not meet the wrecking ball after all.
The owner of the building plans to build a restaurant inside the historic mansion, a spokesman said Friday, according to The Commercial Appeal.
The ownership group, The Union Group LLC, which operates several restaurants in the Memphis area, had previously pulled a demolition permit for the property with plans to replace it with a strip center and restaurant.
The news about the building being reused comes two days after a lawsuit over the legality of the sale of the property was dropped.
The regal but decaying property on Union was built in 1907 by Rowland Jones, a Memphis lumber king.
In 1926, the 15,813-square-foot house was acquired by the Nineteenth Century Club, a philanthropic women’s organization.
The Union Group LLC acquired the property for $550,000 in 2013 after winning a competitive bidding process, beating out a group that offered $350,000 and wanted to turn the property into a women’s business center. Proceeds from the sale went to the Children's Museum of Memphis.