Self+Tucker Architects

Historic Melrose School Redevelopment

As the City of Memphis embarks upon Accelerate Memphis, a 200-million-dollar investment in Memphis neighborhoods, one of the first projects underway is the redevelopment of the Historic Melrose Building. After a series of conversations over the past three years with the Orange Mound Community and those invested in the future of this building, we have devised a plan for the site that we think meets the needs of the community while honoring its rich history. The 40,000 SF Building was built in 1938 and closed in 1981. It was place on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Its redevelopment is a Public Private Partner between the city of Memphis, John Stanley and Self + Tucker Architects. STA is both a Project Developer and Architect. It is intended to be a National Model of Historic Preservation, Adaptive Reuse and Sustainability. The building has been re-imagined and re-purposed. It will be multi-use with a library, genealogy center, small café and 28 apartments for Seniors on the Second and Third Floors. It will have new state of the art systems and will be designed to be highly energy efficient.