First occupied in 1938, Uptown Square (formerly Lauderdale Courts) began as a WPA Public Housing Project. It was among the first housing projects built in Memphis. Many prominent citizens came from this development, but none more famous than Elvis Aaron Presley. The complex is a colonial revival design built under the auspices of the Roosevelt Works Progress Administration Program. Uptown Square includes 60 newly renovated buildings that both preserve its historic character, and create a mixed-income rental community that integrates seamlessly into the overall neighborhood context.