The Audubon Sessions

Memphis, TN

In 1956, a 21-year-old Elvis Presley bought 1034 Audubon Drive off of the proceeds he made from his first RCA hit, “Heartbreak Hotel.” He was a young and energetic artist, trying to change the world through his creative talents. 

The home went through a series of owners before Mike Curb purchased it in 2006, in conjunction with the establishment of the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes College. Since then, the house has been restored to its original 1956 look. This includes photographs Al Wertheimer took of Elvis when he lived in this house, original light fixtures and a signed section of wallpaper. 

Mike Curb's request? That the students "do something great with the house." And they did.Through The Audubon Sessions, the Mike Curb Institute hopes to utilize the space by encouraging a new generation to explore their own creativity and passion.