Elvis fans crowd uptown apartment complex for glimpse of teen ho - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Elvis fans crowd uptown apartment complex for glimpse of teen home

Living room at Elvis' teenage home (Photo Source: Uptown Apartments) Living room at Elvis' teenage home (Photo Source: Uptown Apartments)
Kisses on Elvis' bedroom wall (Photo Source: Uptown Apartments) Kisses on Elvis' bedroom wall (Photo Source: Uptown Apartments)
Elvis in his ROTC uniform posing in front of the kitchen and bathrooms windows of their apartment at Lauderdale Courts. (Photo Source: Uptown Apartments) Elvis in his ROTC uniform posing in front of the kitchen and bathrooms windows of their apartment at Lauderdale Courts. (Photo Source: Uptown Apartments)

Originally published August 13, 2013 -(WMC-TV) - A handful of Memphians will look out their apartment windows this week and find devoted Elvis fans taking pictures of a communal courtyard through a tall, iron fence. To some this may sound odd; as others know, second only to Graceland, Lauderdale Courts is the Memphis home Elvis lived in the longest as a teenager.

Still functioning as a 347-unit apartment complex now called Uptown Square, hundreds of residents fill the spaces, but apartment #328 at 185 Winchester Avenue is not available for rent. The former two-bedroom apartment of Elvis Presley and his parents can be booked for overnight stays – but not during Elvis Week.

Community manager for the complex, Miranda Russell, says out of respect for Elvis they do not even offer tours during this week in August. But that does not stop tourists from walking down South Third and peering through the fence into the courtyard where Elvis exclusively performed for family and friends.

"I think it's great. I've been here seven years, and the first year I worked it was the 30th anniversary in 2007 ... And I said if I make it through this year I can make it through anything. Almost 30,000 people came through here," said Russell.

Originally part of the Roosevelt-era WPA housing development, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places, Elvis' teenage home was slated for the wrecking ball in the mid-nineties. Although efforts to keep it came from Memphis Heritage preservation and Memphis developers, Russell strongly credits Elvis fans for saving the home from the bulldozer.

Its renovation in 2004 is still enjoyed by fans worldwide, such as Yvonne Entjes who proudly wears a golden 'TCB' necklace complete with a lightning bolt charm. Entjes frequently tours Memphis with a small group from the Netherlands who visits every year for Elvis Week.

"[The group is] showing people around ... all across Memphis [and] looking at the Lauderdale Courts, where he lived in his youth. We love Memphis and everything about Elvis, of course, that's why we're here," she said.

The group visited Elvis-related sites from Tupelo to Nashville. Russell is glad that this apartment is a stop along the way.

"It's very neat being a part of something historical and being behind a story to tell," she said. "Being a part of something with a story tell ... About one of the most famous people who ever lived."

Click here for a look inside his teenage home.

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