She lived in Atlanta at a time when urban
revitalization became something of a movement there, fueled by things like adaptive reuse of existing buildings. And that’s something that also fascinates her about Memphis, where she believes her design talent could be particularly useful in a city that’s becoming increasingly comfortable with its architectural and design character.
Photos courtesy of The James Lee House
A historic house in Memphis was sold for a buck and turned into a bed and breakfast within a year. Jose and Jennifer Velázquez had dreams of opening their own B&B, and after 24 years they found the perfect place — The James Lee House, an abandoned and rundown Victorian built in 1848 that’s listed on the National Historic Register.