Or I should say my firm and our architect Jeff Blackledge. ArchDaily.com, the world's most popular architecture web site, this week listed 12 buildings which should not be missed on a visit to Memphis. Lo and behold, the Siskind Susser building made the list.
My law partner Lynn Susser and I found out five years ago that the bank in our old space was expanding and the landlord was going to push us out at the end of our lease. So we decided that it was time to buy a building so we would have some more control over our future. Plus, we thought it might make a good investment.
We found the ugliest building in Memphis. It was basically a 12,000 mostly windowless, concrete box built in 1971 that had all of the charm of a parking garage or a nuclear fall out shelter. Fortunately, Lynn has great taste and a lot of imagination and saw potential. She found a talented, hip young architect who also saw potential. And we told him to go crazy.
The results were dramatic. Outside, a new wild facade made most people think the building was brand new. And the inside of the building has a chic, industrial feel with fun, bright colors. I know coming to work in a cool setting makes me enjoy what I do even more and I hope that's true for my colleagues. And it's nice to be partially responsible for making Memphis look a little nicer.