Rising from ancient magnolia trees, the Woodruff-Fontaine House stands as a reminder of an era long gone. This beautiful French Victorian mansion was built in 1870 along “Millionaires Row.” The mansion, home to two prominent Memphis families, was deeded to the city in 1936 and stood vacant for several years. The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities rescued the house in 1962 and restored it to its former splendor.
The Memphis Chapter of the Association of the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities was chartered in 1952. It wasn't until 1962, that the Chapter stepped in to rescue two mansions on Adams Avenue under the threat of urban redevelopment demolition. The Harsson-Goyer-Lee House and the Woodruff-Fontaine House were saved and restoration began inside the Woodruff-Fontaine House first. In 1964, the Mansion opened its doors for architectural tours. Slowly, each of the three floors and 16 rooms were furnished and accessorized with artifacts and heirlooms from gracious Memphis and Mid-South families. The collections have continued to grow strong and steady for over 50 years and still dazzle the citizens of Memphis and our guests from around the world. Today, we continue to thrive by venue rentals, tours, and special events. We keep our mission alive by continued preservation efforts and education through special interest group tours and consistent rotation of collections and exhibits.
"Preserves and promotes early historical, cultural, and architectural heritage of Memphis through educational and aesthetic enrichment by managing and maintaining the Woodruff-Fontaine House, properties, and collections therein."