A vibrant link between downtown and the South Main neighborhood. With the downtown area becoming an increasingly popular place to live, the Chisca addresses a real need for living options. As a community connector, the Chisca’s scale and density serve as an economic catalyst, spurring other development, adding to the vitality and value of the area.
The Chisca Hotel was originally named after the chief of the Chickasaw Indians who had resided in the area. Located in downtown Memphis on South Main Street, the hotel was integrated into a district that thrived during the peak of the railroad era. During this time, the hotel catered to railroad travelers and employees, mule dealers and entertainers. The Chisca later rose to fame when WHBQ radio station had relocated its studios off the lobby on the mezzanine floor. It was from there that DJ Dewey Phillips had debuted Elvis Presley’s first recording of “That’s Alright, Mama” and held an interview with the musician. Presley later performed on-site in 1956.