A $2.5 million facility provides a permanent address -- and a museum -- for the genre's foundation and its hall of fame.

Memphis has long touted itself as the home of the blues, and now the music has a permanent address in the Bluff City. On May 8, The Blues Foundation threw open the doors of its new headquarters, a renovated former storage facility that includes office space for the nonprofit's small staff as well as a hall of fame. Located just a few blocks from the Mississippi River in downtown's trendy arts district, the building overlooks the Lorraine Hotel -- the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 assassination and now home to the National Civil Rights Museum.

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