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

Griffin House

 
 
Griffin House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, June 24, 2015
1. Griffin House Marker
Inscription. Leighnora Elisabeth Griffin, pictured here in the 1930s, lived at 2118 Madison Avenue from 1919 until her death at age 89. She once turned down an offer price of $500,000 to purchase the home during the mid-70's heyday of Overton Square entertainment district. Her family moved to Memphis from Columbus, GA and bought the house in 1919. She married John Griffin in 1928, and he lived there with her until his death in 1981. After Ms. Griffin's death on November 20, 1991, Paulette's expanded into the house, using the space as private dining.
 
Erected by Overton Square.
 
Location. 35° 8.206′ N, 89° 59.447′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Madison Avenue just from Cooper Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2118 Madison Ave., Memphis TN 38104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the former Union Avenue United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hutchison School (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); The Lindenwood Christian Church (approx.
Griffin House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, June 24, 2015
2. Griffin House Marker
0.6 miles away); The Overton Park Shell/The Levitt Shell At Overton Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Memphis Belle (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Hiker (approx. 0.8 miles away); Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The former Griffin House image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, June 24, 2015
3. The former Griffin House
Photo of Leighnora Griffin, 1930s (The Commercial Appeal files) image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler
4. Photo of Leighnora Griffin, 1930s (The Commercial Appeal files)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 24, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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