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.
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Attached is a rendering (on the near left) of one of the three buildings Giarratana Development is proposing for downtown Nashville. The tower, unnamed at this point, reminds me ever so slightly of a contemporary version of the 1973-opened Legg Mason Building in Baltimore see in the photo on the far left. The architect for the SoBro tower is Solomon Cordwell Buenz, a Chicago-based firm whose website shows 21 multi-unit high-rise residential building projects. Of note, all but five are located in Chicago. And most, I must say, are quite attractive skyscrapers. No doubt, it would be a nice feather in Nashville's — and Tony Giarratana's — development cap to have SCB make its mark on our skyline.