ELVIS' TEENAGE HOME
From September 1949 to January 1953 Elvis Presley and his parents lived in 185 Winchester, #328 at Lauderdale Courts. The Courts proved to be a pivotal place for Elvis. For it was from here that a shy Elvis would practice his guitar in the basement laundry room and would also meet and play with other musicians who lived in The Courts. Elvis would walk to nearby Beale Street and gain inspiration from blues artists. You could find him listening to records at Pop Tunes around the corner. Sun Studios was over a mile away. It was here in this close knit community that Elvis met girlfriends, went to Humes School and developed as a performer.
More importantly, it was where Elvis would garner affirmation from friends and neighbors as he performed in the wonderfully designed communal courtyards and mall of Lauderdale Courts.
Scheduled for the wrecking ball in the mid-nineties, Elvis’ teenage home was saved by the efforts of fans, journalists, preservation groups, the City of Memphis and Memphis developers. Lauderdale Courts, now renamed Uptown Square, is being renovated to become one of Downtown’ Memphis’ hippest addresses.
Built in 1938 by a cadre of Memphis’ finest architects and designers, Uptown Square is on the National Register of Historic Places. Uptown Memphis is Memphis' first wireless apartment community with over 347 apartment homes will offer the latest modern conveniences, including a fitness center, business center, swimming pool and more.
ELVIS APARTMENT AVAILABLE FOR RENT
Dreamt of sleeping in Elvis' bedroom?
Eating fried chicken in his kitchen?
Gazing into his bathroom mirror?
NOW YOU CAN!
The Elvis Suite at Uptown Square is now available for short term rental!
• Click Here For More Information on The Elvis Suite
• Open Letter to Fans July 27, 2004
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• Click here for directions to Uptown Square
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Recommended reading: Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick (Chapter 3 Memphis: The Courts).