About Woodruff-Fontaine House

Rising from ancient magnolia trees, the Woodruff-Fontaine House stands as a reminder of an era long gone. This beautiful FrenchVictorian mansion was built in 1870 along “Millionaires Row.” The mansion, home to two prominent Memphis families, was deeded to the city in 1936 and stood vacant for several years. The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities rescued the house in 1962 and restored it to its former splendor.

The fascinating artifacts…

The Woodruff-Fontaine mansion is of French Victorian architecture with a Mansard roof. The woodwork is solid cypress, machine carved, and the flooring is mostly cypress original to the house. Embossed design on the hallway ceiling at the top of the third floor stairwell is hand hammered tin in a classical design.

Another fascinating artifact in the mansion is a hidden door which will be opened for your guests to see the many personalized autographs and memories, hand-written by the craftsmen from around the world who built this magnificent mansion.

The mansion is always elaborately decorated every holiday, reflecting the holiday as it was during the Victorian era, and the unique gift shop features unusual treasures at very reasonable prices!