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Landmark and Legend
Memphis, TN
Here we note noteworthy people and landmarks of the area that have now passed into history.



 
French Quarter Inn
1984-2015
The French Quarter Inn has been demolished.
Ballet Memphis closed on the $4.2-million purchase of the property of the French Quarter Inn in August, 2015, and as of April 18, 2016 are building a two story structure on the northeast corner of Madison and Cooper.

Several months earlier, in December 2014, NCE Realty and Capital Group LLC bought the French Quarter Inn for $1.9-million saying it had plans to renovate the closed hotel. Then in May, 2015, the owners filed with the city and  county planning department plans to demolish the old building and replace it with a new 134 room hotel with a restaurant and bar and a parking garage. It would be known as Hotel Overton. Shortly thereafter, NCE sold the property to Ballet Memphis.

 The French Quarter Inn, later known as the French Quarter Suites Hotel, was closed July 15, 2008 and the property listed for sale. The nightclub Soloman Alfred's was torn down in 1983 to make room for the hotel. The French Quarter Inn opened on the site in 1984 on the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and Cooper Street. Both the nightclub before it and then the hotel marked the eastern most point of the entertainment facilities of the then booming restaurant, nightclub, and shopping Overton Square area. For many years, the French Quarter Inn was considered one of the better hotels in the Memphis area. It had 105 rooms and was designed with a classical French tradition in mind and featured the Bourbon Street Cafe off its lobby. The Overton Square area, once booming with restaurants and bars, fell on hard times.

For many years,
the French Quarter Inn was considered one of the better hotels in the Memphis area. It had 105 rooms and was designed with a classical French tradition in mind and featured the Bourbon Street Cafe off its lobby

The once booming Overton Square area is once again booming. See our page on saved landmarks for more information about the revitalized Overton Square.

According to messages from people who had stayed at the French Quarter hotel shortly before it closed, it had become run down and needed a lot of maintenance. 



photo montage: French Quarter Hotel Suites, after closing, 2008




French Quarter Suites Hotel building, October, 2008. Hotel closed July, 2008.

Architects rendering of planned headquarters of Ballet Memphis on Madison Avenue: