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, May 30, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
On this theme, it continues to baffle me that some folks think buildings can be attractive with exterior color pallets featuring pastels, hots (reds, yellows, oranges, etc.) and electric hues (recall the lime components of the 21st Avenue South building once home to Dooley's). Rarely does this approach prove effective (the painted ladies in San Francisco being exceptions to the rule).
With its earth tone colors, the freshly painted Blue Bar Building (its battered wood deck notwithstanding) nicely strikes a visually pleasing presence.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012
This is a quality building but it is my least favorite of the DA|AD-designed structures that have infilled the city during the past 10 years. The side that fronts Hermitage Avenue is a bit bland and the color scheme could be better. Still, Nance Place is a strong building.