STAX Museum of American Soul Music

Based on old photos and interviews, LRK designed a replica of the STAX Records Building (formerly Capitol Theater) as a new museum at the legendary intersection of McLemore Avenue and College Street. A re-created Studio A, interactive exhibitions, memorabilia and musical archives vividly recount the story of American soul music. The STAX Music Academy is located next door and together the two cultural icons serve as anchors in the economic revitalization of the historic neighborhood.

Additional Information

LOCATION:  2 miles from downtown Memphis, Tennessee

CLIENT:  Soulsville USA

SIZE:  17,000 square feet 

LRK SERVICES:  master planning, architecture, interior design, environmental design, building and exhibit design; in association with Self Tucker Architects, Inc., architect of record


USA Today’s 10 Best Musical Attractions in the World

  • Winner

AIA Memphis 

  • Award of Merit New Construction

Buildings New Construction Awards 

  • Honorable Mention - Specialty Places Category

Building Design & Construction 7th Annual Building Team of the Year Awards 

  • Merit Award Institutional

National Commercial Builders Council Awards of Excellence 

  • Project of the Year - Division IV Institutional Category 

Memphis Heritage and Memphis Landmarks Commission Preservation Awards 

  • New Construction Award



Building Design & Construction 

At Home 

Commercial Builder 

The New York Times 

Memphis Magazine 

USA Today

STAX Museum of American Soul Music (project website)