Annesdale Mansion


Historic Annesdale Mansion Event Venue or Residential Development Opportunity


Annesdale was built around 1855. Dr. Samuel Mansfield was one of its first owners. It is one of the largest and oldest homes to grace the Memphis area. This historic mansion sits on over 7 acres of land and served as a Civil War hospital for a brief period of time.  In 1869, Robert Brinkley, who built the Peabody Hotel, bought the estate as a wedding present for his daughter, Annie Overton Brinkley, and her husband, Colonel Robert Bogardus Snowden and named the estate "Annesdale" in her honor.  The Annesdale Mansion and its gardens were home to the Snowden family for more than 140 years. 

The five-story mansion has approximately 17,000 square feet, 8,600± square feet of which is heated and cooled.  On top of the 4,000± sf basement, other rooms include the grand parlor, library, sun room, dining room, and full kitchen downstairs.  After walking up the show-stopping spiral staircase, there is access to the bride's room, groom's den, and green room.  Above the second level, there is a fully floored attic plus a bell tower.  There are 11 fireplaces in the mansion accented by amazing chandeliers, hand-painted murals on the ceilings, walnut paneling, and a marble entryway. There are three full bathrooms plus two half baths.

Once outside the mansion, the garden creates a beautiful romantic setting with shade and perfect lighting for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, or outdoor dinner events. There is a large limestone patio that doubles as a dance floor and outside entertaining area. In the midst of the side yard, there is a brick paver paths that leads to an intimate fountain area.

This magnificent historic property was named by Southern Living magazine as Memphis' number 1 wedding venue in one of its blog comments. Since purchased by Ken Robison, he has completely restored this property from every angle including structural, electrical, mechanical, landscaping, limestone patios, fencing and much much more.

A new owner could re-constitute the business there under new restrictions renting the luxurious, romantic setting especially for weddings and other events. The mansion is sited near the back of the 7 acres, providing land for new uses. And as a residence, the mansion could become home to a new family immediately.

For developers, with the ample land area the current zoning of RU-4 will allow for new construction of residential units.  New housing could be tailored for older residents especially in the 55+ age range. One possibility is a new residential development that uses the mansion as an amenity-filled clubhouse.  There are a few diagrams that have been proposed in the photo section of this web page.  Since this property in NOT in a historic district, no new approvals are needed from the surrounding neighborhood to develop three stories or less.

The owner of this magnificent property has selected our firm to sell to the highest acceptable bidder.
AUCTION STARTS - April 7th and  the END DATE - Thursday, April 20th, 12 Noon with a live auction.
Bidders may bid online or in person.

Annesdale Mansion Zoned RU-4 comprise 7.18± acres. 

Other Features:

  • Total acreage 7.18± Acres
  • Tax ID 015010 00001
  • Zoning - RU-4
  • 5-Story Italian villa design
  • Constructed in 1855; Renovated in 2016
  • 8,600± heated square feet
  • 13 Rooms - 6 Bedrooms, 3 Full and 2 half baths
  • Full floor basement and attic appr 4,000± sf
  • Functional bell tower
  • Fully landscaped gardens with water features
  • Over $1,500,000 in improvements
  • Terra cotta roof and repaired roof structure
  • Attic insulation
  • Energy efficient 20-ton HVAC systems
  • New underground 800 amp electrical service including 100 amp service to the garden area for events.
  • Fully renovated Chef's Kitchen with
  • Complete interior restorations to meet historic standards
  • Re-acquisition of original art, mirrors and other furnishings previously removed from the property
  • 11 Fireplaces
  • 14 ft ceilings
  • Original chandeliers
  • Original lace sheers
  • Original window treatments
  • All original doors, moldings and woodwork
  • 1 Elevator
  • 3 full and 2 half baths
  • Carriage House
  • Gated Entrys
  • Property surrounded by wrought iron fencing

Real Estate Taxes for 2022- $12,780.91 City and $16,037.41 County
This is an auction of the Real Estate only.  No personal property is included in this auction.

Only pre-qualified bidders will be allowed to bid.  To pre-qualify, you will need to provide proof of funds for the 10% non-refundable Bid Deposit and additional information on your ability to close on the purchase if you are the winning bidder.

Bidding online will open April 7, 2023 and will close with the simultaneous live auction at the property which will occur on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 12 Noon CDST.  Only qualified bidders may attend the live auction.

To schedule a property tour, call Jeff Morris 901.634.1799.  Only candidates who may qualify as a bidder will be allowed to visit the property.



  • 1325 Lamar Ave, Memphis, Shelby County, TN
  • AUCTION DATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2023, 12 Noon


Have questions or want to bid on this auction? Please feel free to contact us to discuss your specific needs. We look forward to hearing from you!

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