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, July 25, 2012

Creating Places: A look at Third and Chestnut

As I enjoy a cup of flavorful chocolate soy milk and the timeless music found on The Who Live at Leeds, I must commend the good people at Urban Housing Solutions for their Third and Chestnut Building currently under construction at the southeast corner of the intersection of Third Avenue South and Chestnut Street just north of Wedgewood-Houston in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood. There is so much I predict I will like about this building once it's finished, including the mix of materials (brick, Hardie siding and cedar siding), the corner piece (with its retail space, vertical dark brick segment and extra floor), the window-frame-like forms encasing the siding and the contrasting color scheme. Of note, the brick (it's being applied currently) offers a rugged charcoal hue. Very nice.

Zach Provonchee is the architect and has done a strong job with this mixed-use building, which will offer both retail space and 10 one-bedroom apartments.


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