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Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Former Criminal Courts Building

 
 
Former Criminal Courts Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 5, 2013
1. Former Criminal Courts Building Marker
Inscription. Designed by Jones & Furbringer, Architects, this building opened in 1925 as the Criminal Courts Building, housing two divisions of criminal court, a 300-bed county jail, and various offices. The limestone exterior features several design elements of the Renaissance, including massive scrolls at the setback for the upper floors modeled on those at the Church of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice. Interior hallways and central staircase are faced with pink and dark cedar Tennessee marble. Notorious criminals incarcerated here include “Machine Gun” Kelly, the F.B.I.ís 1933 “Public Enemy No 1”, and James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Erected by Shelby County Historial Commission.
 
Location. 35° 8.925′ N, 90° 2.958′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Washington Avenue east of North 2nd Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 Washinton Ave., Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Statuary at the Shelby County Courthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shelby County Courthouse
Former Criminal Courts Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 5, 2013
2. Former Criminal Courts Building Marker
(about 400 feet away); St. Peter Catholic Church (about 500 feet away); Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away); Forrest's Early Home (about 600 feet away); Eugene Magevney (about 600 feet away); Josiah T. Settle (about 600 feet away); 1862 Post Office (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2013, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 16, 2013, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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