In addition to great local restaurants, unique shops and creative culture, a major perk of being a Midtowner is living among so much beautiful architecture. A walk or run around Central Gardens or the Evergreen Historic District provides endless eye candy for anyone who loves history and design. So many styles neighbor each other on the same streets, such as Arts & Crafts, Colonial, Tudor, Victorian, and the occasional Mid-Century surprise. But mostly, we’re just witnessing the front facades, so when there’s a chance to step inside, I happily oblige and in some cases, I don’t even mind waiting in line….
Which I did at the Central Gardens Association Home and Garden Tour with my friend and co-Midtowner Jessica Jackson. We were both inspired by the architecture, which included Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Arts & Crafts, an English-style cottage, and a strange Prairie Style-Neoclassical hybrid, each built in the first quarter of the 20th Century. The interiors of most of the homes were very well-preserved, well-decorated and personal. What I enjoyed the most was unexpected – most of these homeowners had incredible art collections. We viewed beautiful historic family portraits, Asian tapestries, contemporary works by noted Memphis artists such as Paul Edelstein and Jared Small, notable 20th Century pieces by Burton Callicott and works on paper by Le Corbusier himself! And that’s just to name a few.
Click through the gallery below to see some of the highlights of the tour. I hope you are inspired as well!