Uptown Square

A  HUD Hope VI grant funded the transformation of Lauderdale Courts, a public housing project listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into Uptown Square, a less dense neighborhood of public and mixed-income apartments.  The architectural integrity of the historic buildings was retained, while reducing the number of individual residences from 443 to 347.  New streets in previously neglected courtyards link up with the city’s existing grid and reconnect Uptown Square to downtown Memphis. 

Additional Information

LOCATION:  Memphis, Tennessee

CLIENT:  The Uptown Partnership, Belz Enterprises and Memphis Housing Authority

SIZE:  26 acres, 347 units ranging in size from 460 to 1,610 square feet, includes 76 public housing units, 131 affordable rental units for low-income families and 140 units for rent at market rate

LRK SERVICES:  architecture and planning


Urban Land Institute - Atlanta District Council

  • Development of Excellence Award

Aurora Awards

  • Aurora Award for Remodeling, Rehabilitation, Historical Restoration of Attached Rental Home

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

  • Historical Restoration ($10 million - $99 million)

Tennessee Preservation Trust Awards

  • Historical Restoration Award

Memphis Heritage and Memphis Landmarks Commission Preservation Awards

  • Landmarks Rehabilitation and Restoration Award


Atlanta Business Journal

Uptown Square (project website)