Thursday, November 02, 2006

El Dia de Los Muertos

The Hill Mansion, Union Avenue, Deceased, Demolished for a Fast-Food RestaurantI took this photo of the Hill Mansion on one of the last days of its existence, in 1979. It was located here. It was about to bulldozed to make way for a fast-food restaurant. On Union Avenue. We didn't have enough fast-food restaurants on Union Avenue. This beautiful piece of architecture and history had to go.

Wait, we did have enough fast-food restaurants on Union Avenue! Because within a year or so of the demolition, the fast-food restaurant that had to have that space was out of business. A few years later a Shoneys opened there and a while later it closed. Now the Cupboard Restaurant is there. (No hard feelings toward the Cupboard -- they didn't do it; plus their food is unique and good.)

Requiescat in memoriam, Hill Mansion!


Blogger gurlpurl said...

What a lovely picture! Are there any more? It never ceases to amaze me what people are willing to tear down or throw away...what a shame!

6:42 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

Unfortunately, that's the only picture I have. There are probably many more available in the archives of our newspaper, the Commercial Appeal, or orgs likes Memphis Heritage. By the way, the effort to save the Hill Mansion was one of the first by Memphis Heritage.

12:05 PM  

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