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.