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“The Residences of the 50’s and the designs that changed everything”

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2012’s Memphis Heritage Preservation Series will once again be held each Monday evening in March and will further explore Modernism in Memphis.  Because of the many requests to delve deeper into the history and styles of Modernism in Memphis, this year’s theme will be Residential Modernism. Residences like commercial modern buildings are disappearing from the built environment. 
MHI’s annual series will begin on March 5 with a history of Residential Modernism by local historian Judith Johnson.  She will trace the development of modern residences - their basic design concepts, function, decoration and present examples in early 20th century Memphis. 
On March 12, Keith Kays, AIA and Marty Gorman, AIA, authors of A Survey of Modern Public Buildings in Memphis, Tennessee from 1940 to 1980, will present their latest research, A Survey of Modern Residences and discuss the architectural elements of Modern residential buildings in Memphis.

On March 19, Interior Designer and Professor Randle Witherington will discuss the importance of the modern furniture design movement and present examples of some of the most relevant designs that are still collected today. 

On March 26, Landscape designer Suzanne Askew will discuss the importance of landscape design and the role it played in the overall residential concept of modernism.

An added extra to this year’s series will be an exclusive tour of a landmark modernist residence, a stunning 1970’s residence designed by architect Francis Mah. The house was one of Architectural Record magazine’s “Record Houses” of the year in 1971. Date of the tour is Sunday April 1st from 2pm - 4pm. 

Our Preservation Series lectures will once again be held from 7:00 pm til 8:30 pm at Howard Hall (2282 Madison Ave.). We hope you will plan to join us to learn more about the newest period of design as it passes the fifty-year mark and becomes historic!

The registration fee for the series is $50 for MHI members and $70 for non-members.  The series sold out last year so please don't wait to buy your tickets.  Registration is for the complete series plus the home tour, individual class tickets are not available. Class size is limited, so register today!
One variance this year is that there will be a limited number of tickets sold for the exclusive home tour for those who are not registering for the lecture series. Tickets for the tour are $20 each.
To register for the 2012 Preservation Series go to or mail checks to Memphis Heritage, Inc. at 2282 Madison, Memphis, TN  38104, or you can call (901) 272-2727.
If you have any questions, email