The Universal Life building was designed and constructed by Tennessee's first African-American architectural firm, McKissack & McKissack, in 1949. It was home to the Universal Life Insurance Co., which became an important place for commerce, civic and social gathering during the era of racial segregation.

We are proud of our ongoing partnerships with Self Tucker Architects, Allworld Project Management, Bricks Inc. and others who are investing their time, money and energy to rehabilitate this important piece of Memphis' history.

Interior demolition and clean up is now well underway so check out these pictures of the existing conditions before it all gets transformed.