From Elvis' Historic Lauderdale Courts Apartment, Visitors Can Find Themselves Walking in Memphis to Rock 'n' Roll Sites

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Historic Lauderdale Courts apartment location offers opportunity to walk in teenage Elvis' Memphis. With private stays year round and public tours twice yearly in August and January, Lauderdale Courts lets visitors relive rock 'n' roll history.

There is only one place on earth you can stay where Elvis lived. That place is Lauderdale Courts. Second only to Graceland, it is the Memphis home he lived in the longest.

In 1949, the Presleys moved into 185 Winchester, #328 at Lauderdale Courts shortly after they moved to Memphis from Tupelo. The 689 square-foot, two-bedroom apartment was originally part of the Roosevelt-era WPA housing development that is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

It was here Elvis met other Memphis musicians, practiced in the basement laundry room and gained confidence by performing for family and friends in the community courtyards. He would cross two streets west to hear Southern gospel concerts in the now-razed Ellis Auditorium.

Lauderdale Courts visitors can walk to historic rock n’ roll places that still stand. Elvis walked south to nearby Beale Street, where he listened to the blues artists of the day or browsed Lansky Bros. store (now at The Peabody Hotel) to see the latest clothes. Around the corner he would listen to gospel and R & B records at Pop Tunes record store. It would be the first store to sell his records. About a mile southeast of his community was the famed Sun Studio.

Overnight guests will be able to step back in time in the restored apartment that features, vintage furniture and bathroom fixtures, a kitchen with working 1951 refrigerator plus reproductions of Presley family photos and memorabilia. Modern conveniences like microwave, plasma HDTV, DVD/CD and free wireless internet access are also available. Amenities that guests can also enjoy are an outdoor pool, billiard room plus fitness, business and media centers.

Up to four guests can stay for a two-night minimum or six-night maximum for an introductory rate of $249.99 per night. Reservations are being accepted for overnight stays except for twice yearly public tour weeks (August 10 - 17, 2005 & January 6 - 11, 2006) when the apartment will be open for $10.00 public tours.

“We are offering any rock ‘n’ roll buff or Elvis fan a chance of a lifetime,” stated Alexandra Mobley, asset manager for the site. “We have received overwhelming positive feedback about the apartment from visitors and overnight guests. This is where Elvis’ was influenced as a young musician. It’s the ultimate ‘sleep where he slept’ experience.”

Originally slated for demolition, Lauderdale Courts was saved by the appeals of Elvis fans and the Memphis Heritage preservation organization. The colonial revival, 347-unit apartment community is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Renovated and renamed Uptown Square, the model mixed-income property is Memphis' first wireless apartment community.

Lauderdale Courts at Uptown Square is a $36 million dollar, award-winning renovation and is part of the $150 million, 1,000-home, 100-city-block downtown development called Uptown Memphis. Uptown Memphis is the concerted public-private revitalization by downtown Memphis developers Jack Belz of Belz Enterprises and Henry Turley of Henry Turley Company and the City of Memphis.

For reservations or tour dates call (901) 521-8219 or for more information visit

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