Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Born in Germany in 1835, Elias Lowenstein emigrated to Memphis in 1854. The firm which he headed, B. Lowenstein & Bros. Department Store, was prominent in Memphis for 125 years. A leader in the Jewish community, he served as president of Temple Israel for 15 years. He contributed liberally to rebuilding the city after the disastrous 1870's yellow fever epidemics.
In 1891 Elias Lowenstein built this mansion which is the cities most important Victorian Romanesque residence and one of the finest of its styles in the South. After his death in 1919, his family donated it to the Nineteenth Century Club for use as a residence for young working women who did not have family in the city and, therefore, under social customs of the day were expected to live in a protected environment. A porch with cupola was removed in 1929 for construction of an annex.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 114.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & SettlersTennessee Historical Commission series list.
Location. 35° 8.576′ N, 90° 2.124′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Manassas Street on Jefferson Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis TN 38105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Luke Edward Wright (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Memphis City Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Woodruff - Fontaine House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Collins Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mallory-Neely House (approx. ¼ mile away); Campbell Clinic (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Mary's Cathedral Chapel and Diocesan House (approx. ¼ mile away); N. B. Forrest Camp 215 Sons of Confederate Veterans (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
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