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.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Creating Places: A cool element at Third Man

As many of you know, I am a major proponent of having a built environment with tasteful, distinctive and quality "secondary elements," — everything from street signage to utility/light pole types to decorative banners to night-time building lighting to fire hydrants and curb-side mailboxes that are in good paint job condition. On this theme, check this segment of the relatively new addition to Third Man Records on Seventh Avenue South in SoBro. Outstanding.


  1. It's definitely not outstanding, but it is cool. However, I wonder how this will "age" over time.

    It seems hipster wannabees of all stripes and ages must profess their love for this building!

  2. I'm not a fan of this building. It's too black and reminds me of a carnival.

  3. It is a carnival, and that is a good thing.

  4. Not cool, just plain UGLY!

  5. This place reminds me of some of the adult bookstores that used to grace certain parts of our city!

    1. or the electrocution room at the state prison! this will not age gracefully.

  6. I like the building overall but, admittedly, I am biased as a Jack White fan.