The Victorian Village Home Tour is a unique experience allowing Memphians the opportunity to peek inside well-known historic homes and several other never-before-seen architectural treasures. Stroll along Adams Avenue and experience a glimpse of what it was like to live on Memphis "Millionaire's Row" during the 1800s. Then, learn how our historic neighborhood is “Working on the Village” in the modern era by getting a first hand look at new projects and renovations.
The Sunday afternoon ticketed event will be open to the public and consist of docent-led tours through a variety of structures, from pre-Civil War homes filled with antiques, to historic structures converted to offices, to even a newly constructed home featuring modern amenities and design details. This Tour will offer insight into architectural history and preservation efforts, unique bits of Memphis history, as well as a preview of exciting current developments and restorations occurring in the neighborhood.
The Victorian Village Home Tour is a perfect opportunity for visitors to connect with other neighborhood attractions while in the area, like restaurants Sunrise Memphis and Mollie Fontaine's and places of worship like Collins Chapel CME church and St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral.
Mallory Neely House
Address: 652 Adams
This three story Italianate style home was extensively renovated by JC Neely in the 1880s. This carefully preserved home contains elaborate stenciled ceilings, carved woodwork and stained glass windows. It was named one of the finest examples of high Victorian style in the country by National Geographic and is furnished with original family heirlooms.
Woodruff Fontaine House
Address: 680 Adams
This second empire home was designed by the firm of Baldwin and Jones and is constructed of brick with sandstone quoins and a slate mansard-style roof. It was built by Amos Woodruff and was later home to the Noland Fontaine family. It was also the home of the Memphis College of Art 1929-1959. The Woodruff-Fontaine house contains an extensive textile collection and is furnished with period antiques. It now serves as a museum and event venue. Be sure to check out the historic playhouses located on the grounds!
The William Henry House
Address: 649 Adams Ave
This residential property was built on a vacant lot in 2018 and was the first new, residential construction on the 600 block of Adams Avenue on over a century. This two-story home is 2,500 square feet and Gary Gardo of Gardo Design Group designed the home to blend into the other historic properties on the street. It was built as a dedicated Airbnb property and out of town guests can rent the 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home full of modern convinces and an open floor plan.
Address: 664 Adams
The oldest house in the neighborhood is the one story neo-calssic clapboard house surrounded by tall trees. The house was built between 1844-1849 by a lawyer names Benjamin Massey. It has floor length front windows and a side front doorway with a sunburst transom. The one-and-a-half inch thick cypress floors are original. This home has a “dogtrot” floorpan with a central hall and rooms on either side. It’s currently the home of Memphis City Beautiful.
Pillow McIntyre House
Address: 707 Adams
Built by C.G. Richardson and later owned by J.M. McCombs, this home was purchased in 1873 by General Gideon Johnson Pillow. 707 Adams is one of the only pre-Civil War Greek Revival houses left in Memphis. Bricks used in construction were made on-site. Memphis was a major center of the horse trade at the time and the plaster walls are mixed with mule and horsehair. In 1880, the house was sold to Peter McIntyre, founder of the first glucose refinery in Memphis.
This home has also served as the Memphis Art Association’s Free School, a private residence, an interior design firm, and also as office space for a long list of colorful local attorneys. It currently serves as offices of The Leffler Firm. The Pillow McIntyre House is currently undergoing a renovation and is a recipient of a Memphis Medical District Collaborative Facade Improvement Grant and the Downtown Memphis Commission Exterior Improvement Grant.
Mollie Fontaine-Taylor House
Address: 679 Adams Ave
This Queen Anne style house features stenciled ceilings, eastlake style millwork and a terra-cotta exterior trim. Built by Nolan Fontaine as a wedding gift for his daughter, Mollie, it now serves as an upscale restaurant/lounge called “Mollie Fontaine Lounge.” This historic structure will be open on Sunday afternoon for the Victorian Village Home Tour and will have food and drinks available for purchase.
(Open to the public, no ticket required)
Address: 676 Washington Ave
The congregation was formed in the 1840s as the Wesley African Mission and met in the basement of the 1st Methodist Church. The church moved to its present location in 1859 and was one of the four churches burned during race riots in 1866. The present structure was built in 1913. Stained glass windows tell the story of memorable events in the Church’s history.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral
(Open to the public, no ticket required)
Organ performances at 1:20pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm & 4:30pm
Address: 692 Poplar
Founded by the first Bishop of Tennessee and the Women of the Calvary Episcopal Church, the first structure was a small, wooden Gothic building. The present structure is of the modified English Gothic style. In 1873, the Sisters of St. Mary’s established a school for girls there. The names of four nuns who sacrificed their lives tending to the sick and subsequently died during the 1878 yellow fever epidemic are inscribed on the altar steps.