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Shelby County Archives And Hall Of Records

Washington Avenue, Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 8' 56.017572", -90° 2' 57.350868"
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After the Shelby County criminal courts and jail moved from
here in 1982, this National Register Historic District building stood empty
until 1998, when extensive renovations were completed and it reopened as the
Shelby County Archives and Hall of Records. County Mayor James L. Rout led
efforts to convert the structure, as had been proposed earlier by the
Descendants of Early Settlers of Shelby County and the West Tennessee
Historical Society. When the building reopened, the first official occupants
were County Clerk Jayne S. Creson and County Historian Edward F. Williams, III.
Local government records dating back to the 1820's are maintained here.
---Former Criminal Courts Building
Designed by Jones and Furbringer, Architects, this building opened in 1925 as
the Criminal Courts Building, housing two divisions of criminal court, a
300-bed county jail, and various offices. The limestone exterior features
several design elements of the Renaissance, including massive scrolls at the
setback for the upper floors modeled on those at the Church of Santa Maria
della Salute in Venice. Interior hallways and central staircase are faced with
pink and dark cedar Tennessee Marble. Notorious criminals incarcerated here
include “Machine Gun” Kelly, the F.B.I.'s 1933 “Public Enemy No. l” and James
Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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