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Friday, November 30, 2012

Lincoln American Tower - Memphis, TN

Lincoln American Tower - Memphis, TN

This is the top of a 22-story 290 foot tall skyscraper tower in downtown Memphis, TN. It was built in 1924 by the Columbia Mutual Insurance Company (which later became Lincoln American Insurance Company) overlooking the court square. The building was designed to be a one-third of the size replica of the famous Woolworth Building in Manhattan. The top floor was the office of branch president Lloyd Binford, who also ran from here the Memphis Censor Board which was controversial based on the films he banned being shown in town.

Today, the building is mixed use with four floors of businesses and 31 apartments. It is the 9th tallest building in Memphis. In 2006, a nearby church caught fire and stong winds pushed embers up to the top floors causing the tower to also catch fire. This happened when the building was undergoing renovations and vacant, but tennants were able to move in in 2008. The Commercial Gothic style building is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

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