100 North Main Building - Under Construction



100 North Main in 1964
  • 100 North Main in 1964
One day, while I was rooting through the files of the Special Collections Department at the University of Memphis, I came across this nice old photograph showing the 100 North Main Building under construction. The building opened in 1965, and for years the bright-red UP sign on the top served as a downtown beacon.

So I thought I'd share this photo with you, because that's the kind of decent, God-fearing, kitten-loving fellow I am. As were all the Lauderdales before me, I assure you.

The photo is just one of thousands and thousands archived in the department's Memphis Press-Scimitar Collection, one of the greatest history resources in town.

And since I've mentioned the Special Collections Department, I think it's only appropriate that I thank Ed Frank, Sharon Banker, Chris Ratliff, and other members of their hard-working department. They never fail to go above and beyond the call of duty when the Lauderdale entourage swarms into their quiet domain on the fourth floor of the McWherter Library, and quite frankly, it would be impossible to do this blog and my regular column without them.

You have my everlasting gratitude.

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