The owners of the historic Nineteenth Century Club building on Union Avenue will be in Environmental Court Monday, June 24, according to a group dedicated to preserving historic structures.
Memphis Heritage said Thursday, June 2o, that the owner of the property, Liang Lin of Arkansas, doing business as The Union Group, LLC., is charged with owning or maintaining a dangerous or neglected building and will be in General Sessions Division 14.
The stately but decaying mansion at 1433 Union Ave. was built in 1907 by Rowland Jones Darne, a Memphis lumber king, according to Memphis Heritage.
In 1926, the 15,813-square-foot house was acquired by the Nineteenth Century Club, a philanthropic women’s organization. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The owners won a competitive bidding process for the home in January, paying $550,000 for the property, according to the Shelby County Registrar. The three-story wood frame structure is commercially zoned and sits on 1.2 acres at Union between Kimbrough and Cleveland streets.
“The house has had few alterations making it a rare example of Colonial Revival architecture and an important part of our early architectural history,” said Memphis Heritage on its website. “Once amid a streetscape of imposing mansions, now it remains as the last to exemplify the elegant residential character formerly displayed along a street now dominated by commercial establishments.”