Madison Hotel (Memphis, Tennessee)

The Madison Hotel[2][3] is a luxury boutique hotel in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, United States, that is housed in the historic former Tennessee Trust Bank building.

Tennessee Trust Building
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The Madison Hotel in Downtown Memphis.
Madison Hotel (Memphis, Tennessee) is located in Tennessee
Madison Hotel (Memphis, Tennessee)
Madison Hotel (Memphis, Tennessee) is located in the United States
Madison Hotel (Memphis, Tennessee)
Location81 Madison Ave., Memphis, Tennessee
Coordinates35°8′42″N 90°3′12″W / 35.14500°N 90.05333°W / 35.14500; -90.05333Coordinates: 35°8′42″N 90°3′12″W / 35.14500°N 90.05333°W / 35.14500; -90.05333
ArchitectShaw, George M.; Pfeil, Charles O.
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts
NRHP reference No.82001732[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 09, 1982


Built in 1905, the 14-storey Tennessee Trust building was among downtown Memphis' first "skyscrapers." The building's architects, the firm of Charles 0. Pfeil (1871–1952) and George M. Shaw (1870–1919) were noted—at the time—for designing buildings with the ornate, classical styling and massing of the era's existing "landmark" buildings. The building was constructed with a large underground vault, which is currently re-purposed as the Madison Hotel gym. The scroll pattern on the west facade of the Tennessee Trust Building is visible on other downtown Memphis buildings from the era designed by Shaw & Pfeil. For instance, the firm's Memphis Fire Engine House #1 (1910) and the Memphis Police Station (1911) are on the National Register of Historic Places.[4] The Tennessee Trust Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[5]


In 2002, Unison Hotel Co. acquired the deteriorating structure and converted into an upscale 110-room boutique hotel.[6]



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Website of the Madison Hotel in Downtown Memphis
  3. ^ Official website
  4. ^ Memphis Heritage-"George Mahan:Architect of the Rich and Fancy" Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Emporis-"Memphis: High-Rise Buildings"
  6. ^ "Madison Hotel Awarded Paul Gruenberg Rehabilitation Award"