Victorian Village is a neighborhood with a mixture of old and new in downtown Memphis. Established in the 19th century and referred to as Millionaires Row, the area offers a variety of architectural styles, including Italianate, Gothic and Greek Revival, and Federal. Attempts are made to keep new construction sympathetic to original designs. The neighborhood is bordered by Poplar Avenue, North Danny Thomas Boulevard West, Madison Avenue, and North Manassas Street and is in zip code 38105. Residents have access to strategically placed public transportation.
The historic homes in Victorian Village are being preserved, and guided walking tours are offered. The Woodruff-Fontaine House is open for public tours under the direction of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities. This house, featuring old magnolia trees, garden, and fountain, has been a popular setting for weddings since 1871, with the Club Room or Carriage House used for receptions. A small gingerbread-style house is available for children’s birthday parties and bridal or baby showers.
Morris Park, at the corner of Poplar Avenue and North Manassas Street, is a six-acre park with large shade trees, two basketball courts, two playground areas, and a pavilion. Behind the park stands Collins Chapel CME Church. The congregation has been worshiping at this location since 1841, and the property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Schools for Victorian Village are part of the Memphis Public Schools. Children from elementary through high school are accommodated within a two-mile radius. Shopping for necessities, clothing, gifts, and specialty items is nearby. Major grocery stores and pharmacies are within two miles.
The neighborhood is near the heart of the medical community in Memphis, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Tennessee Medical Center.