The National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, 9/2/12
Walking around the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, 9/2/12
The National Ornamental Metal Museum is a Memphis treasure that is all-too-neglected by local residents. With its lovely setting high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, the museum is an attractive place to walk and catch one-of-a-kind glimpses of the river. The buildings, originally part of a US Naval Station, are also historic and attractive. But the metal artwork is the real attraction of the museum, with unique pieces displayed all over the beautifully-landscaped grounds. Also, unlike most other museums, visitors can watch artisans at work and see how ornamental metalworks are created. Visit http://www.metalmuseum.org/ for further info about the only metal museum in the country, or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Metal-Museum/75275615081 or follow them on Twitter https://twitter.com/metalmuseum. They also have a Tumblog here: http://memphismetalmuseum.tumblr.com/.
The former US Naval Hospital sits on a river bluff near the Memphis-Arkansas bridge. With its elaborate architecture (including a domed cupola) and its amazing river view, it would make a wonderful luxury resort, all the more so as it sits directly beside the National Ornamental Metal Museum. Supposedly, the owner intended it to become condominiums before the 2008 recession, but a luxury hotel would seem to be a better option, particularly since Memphis has a glut of vacant downtown condominiums.