Evergreen, Memphis

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Evergreen Historic District
Evergreen Memphis.jpg
Location Roughly bounded by N. Parkway, Kenilworth St., Watkins St., and Court Ave
Memphis, Tennessee
Area 100 acres (40 ha)
Architectural style Bungalow/Craftsman, Other, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 85000080[1]
Added to NRHP January 11, 1985

Evergreen Historic District is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Memphis, Tennessee.

Geography[edit]

The most understood borders are Poplar Avenue (and just below) to the south, McLean Boulevard to the east, North Parkway to the north, and Watkins Street to the west. Evergreen is located in the area of Memphis known as Midtown. This area of the city includes Overton Park, which is one of the largest urban parks in the nation; it also includes the Memphis Zoo.

Community[edit]

Evergreen is unique to Midtown because there is a mix of old and new homes, due to the attempt to split the neighborhood, and Overton Park, in half to make way for Interstate 40 (see Sam Cooper Boulevard). The neighborhood was able to fight the interstate, and the case eventually went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the neighborhood. Many of the homes were demolished, but in the early 90s, bids started and builders repatched the holes in Evergreen.[2][3] Today, the neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places[1] and is probably the best value for the Midtown area. Evergreen is sometimes referred to as Stonewall, after the street which has some of the neighborhood's nicest homes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Showdown in the Park". Time. March 15, 1971. Retrieved 2008-03-08. 
  3. ^ Wright, David J. (2001). It Takes a Neighborhood: Strategies to Prevent Urban Decline. Rockefeller Institute Press. p. 104. ISBN 0-914341-83-9. 

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Coordinates: 35°08′52″N 90°00′26″W / 35.1479°N 90.0072°W / 35.1479; -90.0072