Magevney House

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Magevney House
Magevney House Memphis TN 4.jpg
Magevney House is located in Tennessee
Magevney House
Location 198 Adams Ave., Memphis, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°08′50″N 90°02′54″W / 35.14730°N 90.04836°W / 35.14730; -90.04836Coordinates: 35°08′50″N 90°02′54″W / 35.14730°N 90.04836°W / 35.14730; -90.04836
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1836
Governing body City of Memphis
NRHP Reference # 73001831[1]
Added to NRHP November 6, 1973

The Magevney House is a historic residence on 198 Adams Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. It is located in the Victorian Village of Memphis. It is one of the oldest residences remaining in Memphis.


In the 1830s, the Magevney House was built by Eugene Magevney as a clapboard cottage.[2] Eugene Magevney was born in Ireland in 1798, immigrated to the United States in 1828 and settled in Memphis in 1833. He was a pioneer teacher and civic leader and died of Yellow Fever in 1873.[3]

During the late 1830s and early 1840s, three important events in Memphis religious history took place in the cottage. In 1839, the first Catholic mass in Memphis was celebrated in the house. In 1840, the first Catholic marriage in Memphis was officiated at the residence. And in 1841, the first Catholic baptism was performed in Memphis at the Magevney homestead.[3]

In 1941, the family of Eugene Magevney gave the property to the City of Memphis.[3]

In 1973, the Magevney House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Since 2005, the house and museum were closed to the public. Recently, the Pink Palace in Memphis reopened the Magevney house. It's open to the public on the first Saturday each month from 1pm-4pm. Admission is free.[4] The Magevney House is part of the Pink Palace Family of Museums.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "The Magevney House". Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  3. ^ a b c Historical marker - Historical marker on the property erected by the Tennessee Historical Commission
  4. ^ Information sign - Information sign on the property, installed by the City of Memphis
  5. ^ "Magevney House - Pink Palace Family of Museums". City of Memphis Division of Park Services and Museums Inc. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 

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