Emily and Ben Graham have lived in Central Gardens for 5 years in a beautiful, historic home built in the 1920’s on Harbert Ave. For many people in Central Gardens, the need for additional space is varied. In their case, they wanted to create a place for their parents to stay when they visit from Nebraska. Both sets of parents retire in the next few years and want to spend more time with their grandchildren and having a dedicated space would allow them to visit in month-long chunks. With this purpose in mind, Emily and Ben decided to build a detached structure that could function as its own living space.
Have you ever walked in the neighborhood and noticed plaques on the trees with Latin names? If so, it is because Central Gardens is a Level III Arboretum. In fact, Central Gardens is one of the few neighborhoods in the entire country to have the distinction of being a neighborhood arboretum.
Memphis Police Department has closed its nine precincts to the public in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The CGA Safety Committee would also ask, especially with the holiday season upon us, that you take current and future efforts to secure your mail packages. We’ve already seen an increase in stolen package updates on Nextdoor. Here are a few suggestions that will help:
Thank you to Will Hudson for stepping up to become our new Safety Committee Chair. Will was instrumental in organizing the recent CGA Safety Meeting at the University Club in August. It was a very informative meeting with experts in safety and security present to answer neighbors’ questions. Will is excited about leading the committee and you can expect to hear an increase in the number of updates and notifications. Also, he will be reaching out for your help!
For many young people in Memphis, Central Gardens represents a world many have not experienced before. With it’s historic architecture, sidewalks, landscaped lawns and old growth trees, Central Gardens is particularly suited to invoke a spooky atmosphere.
Last week’s Central Gardens Association Home Tour, which took place on Sunday, September 8, was an overwhelming success. Established in 1976, this annual event attracts attendees from all over Memphis and the Mid-South to tour a selection of our historic homes and has remained Central Gardens Association’s main fundraising event for 43 years.
With Midtown and Central Gardens’ close proximity to the more unfortunate areas of Memphis immediately to our south, our affluent Central Gardens neighborhood has since the 1970s been a target for robberies, break-ins and theft.
“We're completely outraged…”
It was the summer of 1992. For Midtowners who had quietly filed out of council chambers after a July 28 meeting at City Hall, it would turn out to be a long summer and fall that would carry over into a still longer - and controversial - winter and spring of discontent that made headlines for the better part of a year.
The Spring Architectural Design Guidelines Clinic held on April 9th was a true “how to” clinic. Neighbors came prepared to discuss their upcoming renovation projects. To answer their questions, we had two architects, Chooch Pickard and Central Garden’s Keith Kays. We also had a preservationist, Margot Payne, who is the assistant Director of Memphis Heritage and a Central Gardens neighbor. These experts cleared up questions and offered recommendations on design, materials and the approval process. One area of interest was windows. Painted shut windows seems to be a widespread issue in the neighborhood. There is a way to hold onto your historic windows therefore adding value to your home. There are also new products on the market that may provide better insulation at a better price and, look more like wood than ever before. We plan on having a workshop on this topic soon.
Remember, Living in an historic neighborhood such as Central Gardens brings special responsibilities as well as rewards.
The committee consists of designers, architects and city planners, all volunteers who can help you get started with your renovation or restoration. The committee will help you establish an appropriate direction for the design and avoid planning efforts that later may prove inappropriate and costly when submitting your application to the Memphis Landmarks Commission.
Included in the article is an easy 4-step process to help you navigate through the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) process for your renovation or restoration.
Mandy Chatellier, her two children, Hannah (12) and Sam (9), and a two-year-old rescue from Streetdog, Savannah, have been residents of Central Gardens for 11 years. Mandy loves so many things about living in Central Gardens. She enjoys the history – musing that every house, every porch, every crack in the wall, tells a story, as do our trees. She beams, “It’s a beautiful neighborhood rich with history, diversity, and a strong sense of community.”
Register for our second Design Guidelines Quarterly Clinic on Monday, April 9 at 6:15 pm at the University Club Board Room.
On a Tuesday evening, February 6, in the cafeteria of Idlewild Elementary School, Nicholas Oyler of the city’s Bike/Ped Memphis program unveiled a city-funded plan to resurface Peabody Avenue and to re-stripe the avenue to accommodate bike lanes.
Great things are happening at our neighborhood public high school, Central (THE) High School. CHS has recently received a wonderful commitment to improve the academic programs and aesthetics of the 106 year old building.
As a follow-up to both the Neighborhood Improvement Plan and the establishment of the Memphis Landmarks Commission in 1975, the city embarked on a survey of Memphis neighborhoods. This survey included the 500-plus acres of Central Gardens, and the survey was an important reference in the eligibility determination in the neighborhood's application for a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Karen and her husband Ron have two children – Julia (25) and Alex (20). For the past 20 years, the family has called Central Gardens home; they are pictured in the living room of their 105-year old residence below. Karen and Ron, both educators, chose Central Gardens for its location - close to their workplaces, as well being convenient to their church parish, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. As an added bonus, Karen notes that Central Gardens has been a wonderful, safe community to raise their two children, with its historic ambiance and active lifestyle perks, such as the bike lanes.
Central Gardens AssociationP.O. Box 41382 • Memphis, TN 38174-1382
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