Manufacturer: Shenango China
User: Top of the 100 Club – Memphis, Tennessee
Date of creamer: 1963
From Abandoned Sourtheast.com "At 430 feet, the iconic One Hundred North Main office tower is the tallest building in Memphis, Tennessee. The building was completed in 1965, after two years of construction. The tower stands 38 stories with a rooftop revolving restaurant and a Japanese rock garden.
"The Industrial-style office is clad in vertical marble panels and aluminum windows. The base of the tower is a parking garage with street-level entrances to retail space. Due to its proximity to various municipal buildings, the tenant base was mainly attorneys, title companies, and different other government professionals involved with the courts. The office tower borders Adams Avenue, North Second Street, and North Main.
"The rooftop restaurant in One Hundred North Main operated under several different names over the years including Top of the 100, The Tennessee Club, Diane's and The Pinnacle before closing.
"In 2006, the aging office tower was listed for sale at $20 million. Due to low demand in office space in downtown Memphis, One Hundred North Main began to decline in value. By 2012, tenants only occupied 30% of the building. In August 2013, Isaac Thomas purchased One Hundred North Main for $5 million. Thomas revealed his plan to renovate 100 North Main into a mixed-use development which would include commercial space, apartments, and a luxury hotel. The renovation was expected to cost $100 million. In February 2014, all of the remaining tenants were given the notice to vacate the building by the end of May. Construction began in June after all of the tenants moved out but quickly halted due to a lack of funds.
"The inability to obtain financing and two years of unpaid taxes forced Thomas to sell One Hundred North Main in late 2015 for $5 million. The new owner faces the same code violations from the city. The building remains barricaded with a security patrol. One of the best views of Memphis sits locked away."
As of today (2023), the building still looks to be barricaded.
White body vitrified creamer with a narrow gold band around the top edge and a matching gold band around the belly near the creamer's base. Near the top of the creamer, but underneath the top gold band is a rectangular logo. The logo consists of a mostly gold background with the numerals "100" in the upper three-fourths of the rectangle. The numerals are white from the body of the creamer. The bottom fourth of the rectangle has a white background with the words "North Main" in gold capital block letters.
ID, photos, and info: Cory Glisson-Munier
Author: Ed Phillips