Friday, August 8, 2008

Bank Bail-out

Fresh off its Cumberland Presbyterian/Chick-fil-A victory, Memphis Heritage is setting its sights on the C&I Bank building at 200 Madison.

Photo courtesy Memphis Heritage

The distinctive downtown landmark, which was designed by noted architect Francis Gassner, is on the market and interested parties have proposed plans to demolish it. According to Memphis Heritage's press release, the Museum of Modern Art included the building in its 1979 exhibit of 400 buildings that had a significant influence on recent architecture.

Memphis Heritage will host a meeting at its home at Howard Hall, 2282 Madison, Wednesday, August 13th, at noon to discuss the latest plans for the property and alternatives to demolition. To RSVP or get more information, email

It's such an interesting building from the outside, but the inside has that great atrium. When it was still a bank, I was always amazed at the natural light in the lobby.


Bianca said...

I love that building. Its where I first met Ms. Connie, my favorite bank teller!

Bianca said...

BTW, is that Nathan Bedford Forrest on your blog banner? Are in cahoots with Cohen? It's a good thing Nikki Tinker didn't see this...

marycash said...

Hmmm ... As far as I know, I'm not in cahoots with anyone.

Not that I'm against cahooting.

denise parkinson said...

Hey there! Hope the roller girls get to stay at the fairgrounds... and hope Memphis Heritage can save this building... but what happened to June West's feasibility study for the landmark rollercoaster and Carousel? The NCA is coming to Memphis next month and that feasibility study she promised is nowhere to be seen!

Where'd the $$$ go?