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, August 16, 2011

Creating Places: Elliston 23

Ground breaks Aug. 30. Here's what I found out talking to Southern Land (the developer) officials Michael McNally, vice president, and Mike Hathaway, senior commercial architecture. SLC Commercial Architecture is designing the building exterior to primarily include stucco and brick. Brick color will offer a deep red to contrast with lighter stucco. (I don't like the sound of that color scheme.) Some stone elements will be included too. Elliston 23 will be about 80 feet tall at its zenith -- a nice height. Retail space will span the Elliston elevation. Restaurants will bookend both Hampton Inn side and 23rd and Ellison corner. Six stories. Shooting for silver LEED.


  1. Seriously?! It looks similar to the Southern Land corporate office in Franklin. It too has lighter beige and dark red. I like how it fronts the street. And, the restaurant bookends are nice. I just wish they would go with another color scheme.

  2. A-Mous,

    Good points about the color scheme. Agreed fully.