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.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Creating Places: 4th and Monroe

Good to see the Germantown development 4th & Monroe will have a second shot at success, as it has been bought out of foreclosure. Reportedly, the buyer will lease the residential spaces — a smart move in this economic environment.

Of note EOA Architects designed 4th & Monroe in a very traditional manner (noteworthy given EOA opts for cutting-edge design) for then-developer Traditional Urban Concepts. Often, 21st century architecture made to "look vintage" fails. But 4th & Monroe is quite tasteful, with an interesting mix of brick colors, angles and forms.

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