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Clarence Saunders' "Pink Palace"

 
 
Clarence Saunders' "Pink Palace" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 20, 2014
1. Clarence Saunders' "Pink Palace" Marker
Inscription.  Clarence Saunders, whose self-service groceries were followed by modern supermarkets, started construction of this building for his home in 1922. It was incomplete when he lost an epic Stock Exchange battle. Developers who bought the grounds gave the structure to the City of Memphis and in 1930 it became the municipal museum.
 
Erected 1972 by West Tennessee Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1922.
 
Location. 35° 7.452′ N, 89° 57.6′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Central Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Memphis TN 38111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maxwelton (Circa 1855-1860) (approx. 0.6 miles away); The University of Memphis (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mt. Moriah Baptist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); John Willard Brister Library (approx. 1.2 miles away); Miriam DeCosta Sugarmon (approx. 1.2 miles
Clarence Saunders' "Pink Palace" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 20, 2014
2. Clarence Saunders' "Pink Palace" Marker
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away); Melrose School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Memphis State Eight (approx. 1.3 miles away); Tom (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Also see . . .  The Pink Palace Museum. Today, the site not only is the mansion and grounds, but also an underground 3D Giant screen theater, a planetarium and a museum of the natural and cultural history of the Mid-South. It is part of the Memphis Museum System which also include two historic homes and Lichterman Nature Center. (Submitted on June 23, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. National Register of Historic Places
The Pink Palace Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Title: Memphis Pink Palace Museum
National Register Information System ID: 80003870
Applicable Criteria: ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING
PERSON
Architectural Styles: OTHER
Architects: McGee,Hubert T.
Areas Of Significance: COMMERCE
ARCHITECTURE
Periods Of Significance: 1900-1924
Significant Years: 1922
Significant Names: Saunders,Clarence
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Memphis "Pink Palace" Museum image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 20, 2014
3. Memphis "Pink Palace" Museum
Type: BUILDING
Keywords: McGee,Hubert T.;Saunders,Clarence;1922
Note: 3050 Central Ave.
Related Collections: National Register of Historic Places Collection
Resource Format: pdf
File Size (bytes): 22151
Date Published: 7/9/1980
Parks:
National Register of Historic Places
Locations:
State: Tennessee
County: Shelby County
Memphis ; 3050 Central Ave.
TENNESSEE ; Shelby ; Memphis
Asset ID: b1dc17ec-41f7-4207-a299-4266877111f5
    — Submitted July 24, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.
 
Clarence Saunders' "Pink Palace" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Masler, July 24, 2015
4. Clarence Saunders' "Pink Palace"
Clarence Saunders' "Pink Palace" National Register Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Masler, July 24, 2015
5. Clarence Saunders' "Pink Palace" National Register Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 664 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on July 24, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 7, 2022