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University of Memphis, School of Law Campus
University of Memphis
School of Law building
MemphisLawExterior.jpg
View of University of Memphis, School of Law facing north, 2010.
Former namesU.S. Customs House (Memphis) & U.S. Post Office
Alternative namesCustoms House
General information
Architectural styleneo-classical
Address1 North Front Street
Town or cityMemphis, Tennessee
Coordinates35°08?44?N 90°03?17?W / 35.14565°N 90.05469°W / 35.14565; -90.05469
1876
Completed1885
Renovated1903, 1930
Technical details
Floor count5
Floor area169,000 square feet (15,700 m2)
Design and construction
Architectnumerous
U.S. Post Office-Front Street Station
University of Memphis, School of Law campus is located in Tennessee
University of Memphis, School of Law campus
University of Memphis, School of Law campus is located in the United States
University of Memphis, School of Law campus
Coordinates35°08?44?N 90°03?17?W / 35.14565°N 90.05469°W / 35.14565; -90.05469
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleItalian Villa, Renaissance Revival
NRHP reference No.80003873[1]
Added to NRHPJune 30, 1980

The University of Memphis, School of Law building (also commonly known as the Customs House, Post Office, or Courthouse reflecting its prior uses) is a 5-story former federal building, located in downtown Memphis. As of 2010, the building is owned entirely by the University of Memphis and houses its law school. It is located at the corner of Front Street and Madison Avenue. It has 169,000 square feet (15,700 m2) of usable space that has been re-purposed as classrooms, offices, and administrative space. One of the original courtrooms from the building's former use as a courthouse has been restored as the University of Memphis moot courtroom.[2] The building is made of steel and concrete, and employs many decorative elements including Tennessee marble, granite, and detailed plaster work.

Location

The building, which has an address of 1 North Front Street, sits just west of Court Square, Memphis. The building's location on a natural bluff overlooking the Mississippi River affords it magnificent westerly views of the river, including Mud Island, and Arkansas. Because of its location on a natural promontory, the building was not affected by the 2011 Mississippi River floods.

History

The building was built originally in the 1880s to house the U.S. Customs House, but it provided space for several other federal offices. Locally, it became known as the "Customs House." Over the following one hundred years, the U.S. federal building served many purposes, including as the federal courthouse, customs house, and post office. The building underwent a large expansion in 1929-1930, creating new a new facade on Front Street.

It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[3][4]

Current Use

After extensive award-winning renovations,[5] in 2010 the building became home to the University of Memphis, School of Law. As such, it houses the University of Memphis Law Review offices, as well as the University of Memphis, Legal Aid Clinic.

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See also

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.memphis.edu/law (accessed June 18, 2011)
  3. ^ http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natregadvancedsearch.do?searchtype=natregadvanced National Register Information System, NRIS No. 80003873
  4. ^ National Register of Historic Places, Record No. 384179, U.S. Post Office-Front Street Station
  5. ^ http://www.memphis.edu/mediaroom/releases/jun11/aia.htm U of M Law School Restoration/Renovation Wins Top Honor from American Institute of Architects

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Coordinates: 35°08?44?N 90°03?17?W / 35.14565°N 90.05469°W / 35.14565; -90.05469


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