Creating Places: A Citizen Observer's Look at Nashville's Built Environment

Writer's Note: William Williams' interest in the manmade environment dates to 1970, at which point the then-young Williams started a collection of postcards of city skylines. The collection now numbers 1,000-plus cards. Among the writer's specific interests are exterior building design, city district planning, demographics, signage, mixed-use development, mass transit and green/sustainable construction and living. Williams began his Creating Places column with The City Paper in February 2005. The column in its original form was discontinued in September 2008 and reinvented via this blog in November 2008. Creating Places can be found on the home page of the website of The City Paper, at which Williams has worked in various capacities since October 2000.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Maxwell: Good to the Last Drop

I took a tour today of The Maxwell, a four-story 12-unit residential building that is nearing completion in West End Park. A full assessment might be forthcoming in the next few days, but I will note now that that exterior of the building, though very "historical replica like" in its design (an approach for which this writer is not a fan), offers some attractive touches and details. The brick, stone and column work, for example, is very handsome, while the "2008" engraved within a properly scaled stone plate positioned on the upper facade and just below The Maxwell's roofline offers a nice nod to a signature move found with some of the area's vintage apartment houses (most of which have been flattened over the years). Quirk Designs, the architect, and general contractor Nashville Construction Co., have delivered — following the input of developer Accord Properties and sales/marketing leader Tonna Heath — a neo-traditional structure that is about as respectably designed and built as could have been asked.  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the kind words! We love the final results. Model hours are Saturday 12 - 3PM and Sunday 2-4PM.