Former Criminal Courts Building

Former Criminal Courts Building (HM1722)

Location: Memphis, TN 38103 Shelby County
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N 35° 8.925', W 90° 2.958'

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Designed by Jones & 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 1", and James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
HM NumberHM1722
Placed ByShelby County Historial Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 10:43am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 768808 N 3893526
Decimal Degrees35.14875000, -90.04930000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 8.925', W 90° 2.958'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 8' 55.50" N, 90° 2' 57.48" W
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Area Code(s)901
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 140 Washington Ave, Memphis TN 38103, US
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