Group Seeks Injunction To Save 19th Century Club

Group Seeks Injunction To Save 19th Century Club

It is a 21st century battle, in a 20th century constructed courtroom, about the 19th Century Club.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - It is a 21st century battle, in a 20th century constructed courtroom, about the 19th Century Club.

The clubs’ Union Avenue mansion was sold last month for more than half a million dollars, and the new owners want to tear it down and build a strip mall.

But some other club members are fighting to save the building, and they are asking the Tennessee State Attorney General to get involved.

The building is sort of like the Madonna of buildings. Looks great from a distance, but when you get close you can see the wrinkles.

And there are a lot of them.

Not too far from where some homeless folks have set up camp, the people wanting to save the building gathered to share the latest news. They want the state attorney general to stop the sale.

They claim just board members authorized the sale, but all members had a right to vote.

A Jonesboro, Arkansas couple wants to tear the building down and build a strip mall.

The building is one of the last mansions on Union Avenue. The entire street used to be lined with them.

Two people are interested in keeping the building, which is what these folks want to see.

“It's silly for us to allow all of our history just erased for no apparent reason at all. That the people in this city just don't get it. But other people around the world seem to get it. They come in and take our stuff or we tear it down,” they said.

When the building was sold, the club gave half a million dollars to the Childrens’ Museum.

Some of that money has been spent.

Everything is on hold until Monday. And those who want to save the building need to come up with money by then.

“An injunction bond amount is $50,000. We need people to step up and make donations. This wouldn't actually be writing a check, but a pledging they'd reimburse us if actual damages were assessed,” members said.

Nothing can be done until Monday.

If the group doesn't get the money, the demolition can begin.
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