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, September 8, 2009

Creating Places: Rating The Pinnacle

As the exterior work on The Pinnacle at Symphony Place comes to a close, it's time to consider where the tower ranks (based primarily on appearance and function) among downtown's buildings of about 300 feet or more.

This writer's Top Five:

1. L&C Tower
2. AT&T Tower
3. The Pinnacle at Symphony Place
4. Fifth-Third Center
5. Nashville City Center 



  1. The city still needs a handful of rooftop dining venues. It is a little surprising Pinnacle did not.

  2. Don't forget the Snodgrass Tower my brother. It is a minimalist masterpiece from the post-modern era that our friend Newtowner hates...

  3. The AT&T tower might be the best example of horrible architecture in the south. To have that rated higher than the Pinnacle verifies that you have no architectural background, as your disclaimer states above.