Last week, the historic Roland Darnell house at 1433 Union, which once housed the women's philanthropy organization, the Nineteenth Century Club, seemed destined for the wrecking ball after Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter said he had little choice but to allow the building's new owners to go forward with demolition plans.
But the brakes have been pressed on demolition after four current and former members of the Nineteenth Century Club, represented by Shelby County Commissioner and attorney Steve Mulroy, managed to get a temporary injunction from Shelby County Chancery Court. The women — Teresa Hurst of Memphis, Gloria McDaniel of Memphis, Connie Lee of Memphis and Nancy Walker of Germantown — allege that the organization's leadership auctioned the property in January without full approval of the club's membership.
The four must post a $650,000 bond within 10 days. Memphis Heritage has launched a fund-raising campaign to help the women raise the bond money.