Demolition of the William R. Moore Home

Rare photo of a once-grand home on Union.



Photo courtesy Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries

I’ve written before about the remarkable life of William R. Moore, the dry goods merchant who used his wealth to open the technical school that still bears his name.

William and his wife, Charlotte, occupied a fine home close to downtown, at 109 Union Avenue. William died in 1909 and is buried beneath a stunning monument in Forest Hill Cemetery. Shortly after his death, his grand home was torn down. The only photo I’ve seen of the home is the one shown here, and I guess you’ll just have to use your imagination about how grand it actually was, since, as you can see, the photo shows the home in its final stages of demolition.

I just wanted to share the image with you. Just one of hundreds, if not thousands, of wonderful photos archived in the Special Collections Department at the University of Memphis Libraries.

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