Monday, July 13, 2009

The Garrow Report

In the summer of 1994, the City began digging up the Cobblestone Landing at the foot of Beale Street in preparation to move the Tom Lee Monument there. Before they were finally stopped by the Army Corps of Engineers, the City workers had destroyed a large section of the Landing and had unearthed artifacts from the beginnings of the City's history. Not only that, but the City hadn't secured the necessary permits and approvals.

Continues...A positive outcome of this unfortunate affair was that the City was forced to undertake a comprehensive study of the Cobblestone Landing area and produce an approved plan for preserving and enhancing the City's greatest landmark. (The City's memorandum of agreement with the Corps is downloadable here as a PDF [1.98 MB].)

The City hired Garrow & Associates to perform the study and prepare the plan. Their two-volume report is formally titled, Memphis Landing Cultural Resource Assessment and Preservation Plan (December 1995/January 1996). Informally, it is commonly known as the Garrow Report, Part 1 and Part 2.

The team who performed the study and authored the report consisted of:
  • Guy G. Weaver, team leader and principal investigator
  • John L. Hopkins, historical consultant
  • Marsha R. Oates, historical consultant
  • Gary Patterson, geological consultant
The Garrow Report is perhaps the best single reference resource and starting point for anyone who is interested in learning more about the history and significance of the Memphis Landing.

Furthermore, because Garrow's team was independent, the report's recommendations should carry much more weight than those of consultants chosen by the City (or the RDC) to support the City's objectives. As the report aptly noted in 1996, from the 1930s on, "the City of Memphis saw the Landing as a nuisance rather than an asset." They still see it that way.

Garrow Report downloadable as PDFs

I have scanned the Garrow Report, Part 1: Cultural Resource Assessment and Part 2: Preservation Plan, and made them into PDFs. The entire report is over 20 MB per volume. If you want to download the complete volumes, right-click the links below and click "Save link as..."
To make downloads more manageable, I've divided each volume of the report into seven sections. To download any section, right-click on its link and click "Save link as...".

Garrow Report, Part 1: Cultural Resource Assessment:
Garrow Report, Part 2: Preservation Plan:

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