Hotel Chisca

This historic hotel (1913), where Elvis Presley gave his first live radio interview to famed disc jockey Dewey Phillips, was rehabilitated as a Department of Interiors historic rehabilitation tax credit compliant mixed-use project. The attached Chisca annex building (1961) was renovated, and together, the two boast 161 apartment units and ground-floor commercial space.  

The project includes a new landscaped urban courtyard along South Main Street; an elevated amenity terrace with outdoor bar area, lounge, and pool; and 140 covered parking spaces in the existing garage, which was also revamped. The renovation of the historic Hotel Chisca and its conversion to a mixed-use building was a uniquely transformative project, presenting the rare opportunity to bridge a major gap in the streetscape between the South Main Historic District and downtown Memphis. The final design celebrates the history of the area by creating a balanced blend between the historic, a modernist addition, and the current revitalization. 

Additional Information

LOCATION:  Memphis, Tennessee

DEVELOPER:  Development Services Group (DSG)

OWNER:  Carlisle Corporation

SIZE:  mixed-use building features 161 apartments - a mix of studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units; 11,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial including two restaurants; 12,000 square feet of indoor amenity space; and 15,000 square feet of outdoor amenity space

LRK SERVICES:  architecture, historic rehabilitation consulting; in association with Bounds and Gillespie Architects, PLLC


Builder's Choice & Custom Home Design Awards

  • Grand Award 

Best in American Living Awards

  • Gold Award for Adaptive Reuse

Multi-Housing News'  Excellence 

  • Gold Award/Adaptive Reuse: High Rise Category

AIA Tennessee 

  • Award of Excellence in Architecture

AIA Memphis

  • Design Award Citation

Memphis Business Journal's Building Memphis Awards

  • Finalist Renovations/Conversions Category for Large Projects ($10M and over)

Associated Builders and Contractors (West Tennessee Chapter) Excellence in Construction Awards

  • Merit Award

Professional Builder Awards

  • Gold Award/Multifamily Category

Aurora Awards

  • Grand Aurora Award, Best Renovated or Restored Residential Project


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