Protesters Rally to Save 19th Century Club

Protesters Rally to Save 19th Century Club

Memphians were rallying off Union Avenue Tuesday evening, upset one of the city's most historic buildings is set to be demolished.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Memphians were rallying off Union Avenue Tuesday evening, upset one of the city's most historic buildings is set to be demolished.

The 19th Century Club needs almost $2 million in repairs. The buildings owners don't want to pay for that; instead, they want to bulldoze it.

Dozens of protesters started assembling at 5:30 p.m., holding signs to let people know this historic home is scheduled to be torn down. They are dead set against this, trying through this rally to generate more support to save it.

The house is over 100 years old. It's on the National Register of Historic Places, and it's likely going to be torn down.

The owners are due in court July 9th to present their plan for demolition. Preservationists hope putting pressure on them through protests will change their plans.

"The new owners have plans to tear it down and build a strip mall similar to one across street that's half vacant. It's their business what they do. We don't want to just assume there is no way to stop it," said Charlie Lambert with Memphis Heritage. "Our purpose is up to very last minute until they do whatever they are going to do to it, we make every effort I keep it in business as a building and hopefully someone will come in and turn it into something that will be useful and also beautiful in the community as it has been for almost 100 years."

This isn't over - the protesters will be back out there again Wednesday at 5:30. They hope two days of this will get the owners' attention and change their minds about demolishing a piece of Memphis history.

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