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(08-06-2019 10:23 AM)WiseMan Wrote:  
(08-06-2019 08:44 AM)bill dazzle Wrote:  
(08-05-2019 09:40 PM)cmt Wrote:  
(08-05-2019 08:28 PM)bill dazzle Wrote:  
(08-05-2019 10:05 AM)slktigers Wrote:  Will need pix for all except 14-0!


On a serious and sober note, I love the Sterrick Building (my favorite skyscraper in Tennessee) and sure hope it gets a new use.

From what I understand at the 99 year land lease is over sometime during the coming decade and a few folks are lining up. Fingers crossed.
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The Sterrick is an architectural semi-masterpiece that is worthy of a new life. The Memphis skyline could be transformed with some of its current towers given new use (and night lighting) and with just, say, five new buildings of 200 feet tall or taller. I want to see it happen. I try to get to the city once every three years or so and some strong progress is being made on many fronts (breweries, restaurants, infill projects, etc.). The addition of some tall buildings would be wonderful.

It would be a very valuable piece of property in most cosmopolitan cities. Let’s face it. Sears Crosstown was an ugly industrial looking building and it was restored and the Sterrick is in limbo. I just don’t get it.

There are very few cities outside those in the top 20 or so based on MSA populations that have a building like the Sterrick. And even some of the top 20 — Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Atlanta, Seattle, Miami, Denver, Tampa, D.C. (for obvious reasons) — don't have a tall building with that type detailing, bulk and grandeur. Memphis is lucky to have such a structure.
08-06-2019 08:20 PM
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(08-06-2019 05:39 PM)cmt Wrote:  It was a poorly given 99 year land lease that has kept the Sterrick Building in limbo so long, nobody wanted to put any money into something that wasn't really theirs, and the grand kids/great grand kids who hold that lease were happy to watch it rot. When built, it was the tallest building in the south and still one of the most important pieces of architecture in the southeast to this day.

Do the great grandkids owning it have anything in there?
08-06-2019 09:07 PM
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(08-06-2019 09:07 PM)AlonsoWDC Wrote:  
(08-06-2019 05:39 PM)cmt Wrote:  It was a poorly given 99 year land lease that has kept the Sterrick Building in limbo so long, nobody wanted to put any money into something that wasn't really theirs, and the grand kids/great grand kids who hold that lease were happy to watch it rot. When built, it was the tallest building in the south and still one of the most important pieces of architecture in the southeast to this day.

Do the great grandkids owning it have anything in there?

I have no idea if they are even allowed in the building, they own the land lease, not the building. I talked with someone at the Heritage Foundation a couple of years ago and the land lease holders are like that bar on Cooper DNDC (don't know don't care) It will be a great day when someone wrestles it away from them.
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Hmm.

Interesting.
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(08-06-2019 08:20 PM)bill dazzle Wrote:  The Sterrick is an architectural semi-masterpiece that is worthy of a new life. The Memphis skyline could be transformed with some of its current towers given new use (and night lighting) and with just, say, five new buildings of 200 feet tall or taller. I want to see it happen. I try
There are very few cities outside those in the top 20 or so based on MSA populations that have a building like the Sterrick. And even some of the top 20 — Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Atlanta, Seattle, Miami, Denver, Tampa, D.C. (for obvious reasons) — don't have a tall building with that type detailing, bulk and grandeur. Memphis is lucky to have such a structure.

I like the Sterrick better, but you missed Houston's 37 story Gulf Building which was the tallest building west of the Mississippi went it was built in 1929. Problem is it just can't be seen anymore because of all the other buildings lol.

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08-07-2019 08:01 AM
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(08-07-2019 08:01 AM)cotton1991 Wrote:  
(08-06-2019 08:20 PM)bill dazzle Wrote:  The Sterrick is an architectural semi-masterpiece that is worthy of a new life. The Memphis skyline could be transformed with some of its current towers given new use (and night lighting) and with just, say, five new buildings of 200 feet tall or taller. I want to see it happen. I try
There are very few cities outside those in the top 20 or so based on MSA populations that have a building like the Sterrick. And even some of the top 20 — Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Atlanta, Seattle, Miami, Denver, Tampa, D.C. (for obvious reasons) — don't have a tall building with that type detailing, bulk and grandeur. Memphis is lucky to have such a structure.

I like the Sterrick better, but you missed Houston's 37 story Gulf Building which was the tallest building west of the Mississippi went it was built in 1929. Problem is it just can't be seen anymore because of all the other buildings lol.

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Yep. My bad. Forgot that one. And it is a tremendous building. Good catch, C1991.
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