The Chisca on Main

Blighted block transformed into high-end mixed use.

Located in the heart of the South Main Arts District of Downtown Memphis, the nine-story Chisca Hotel was built in 1913, quickly becoming a popular destination for traveling vaudeville stars and musicians. In 1961, the building was expanded with a motor plaza. It was shut down in the 1980s, transforming the entire block into a dark, blighted property on the otherwise vibrant Main Street.

When city officials sought to demolish the property in 2011, DSG opted to acquire for an adaptive reuse effort and redevelop the historic building. Saving a unique piece of the Memphis skyline, the rehabilitation project preserved much of the original architecture and fixtures. Today, the Chisca on Main serves as a mixed-use building with 161 luxury apartments, elevated terrace, vibrant common areas furnished with modern decor, sufficient garage and surface parking, and two featured restaurants.


Architect & Interior Designer
LRK Inc.
Montgomery Martin Contractors


Original Construction
$30 million
Square Footage
Total Apartment Units
Best in American Living Awards - Gold Award for Adaptive Reuse
Multi-Housing News' Excellence - Gold Award/Adaptive Reuse (High Rise Category)
AIA Tennessee - Award of Excellence in Architecture
AIA Memphis - Design Award Citation