Lost Memphis: Downtown's Japanese Garden

Not many people know that a Japanese Garden was built on top of the 100 North Main Building downtown.




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100 North Main / UP Bank Building / Top of the Hundred Club

When my newly divorced mother brought my sister and I to Memphis in '61 or '62, we first lived at Holiday Towers. An unfinished attic on Washington followed, then a room in the back of someone's house before settling for six months on Moon Street in Orange Mound. Mother was determined to snag a pilot for herself, so she got a job at a Dobb's House in the airport. I remember one pilot who took her to dinner at the revolving restaurant at 100 North Main. I'll bet he didn't count on six and eight-year old chaperones. Poor guy. I remember absolutely nothing about him except his gracious manners and class. He took each of us for a spin on the dance floor. Thanks for resurrecting that old memory. I've lived in Memphis four times altogether, but have been confused about the restaurant's location all this time.

L Valentine 339 days ago

Japanese Garden, Top of the 100

My father was the second tenant in the 100 N. Main Building, and I remember the roof garden well. There was also a lovely revolving restaurant, a large room where George Klein produced a dance show for tv with the WHBQ Cuties, and a swimming pool. The Top of the 100 Club was a great idea, but it did not last many years.

Cary Miller more than 1 year ago


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