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, November 7, 2012

Creating Places: A true gem

This vintage masonry building (image courtesy of Google Maps) is one of Nashville's most underrated structures. Located at the southeast corner of 19th Avenue South and Division Street in Midtown, the brick and stone building (you've likely seen it if you've ever visited Red Door Midtown for a few cold ones) shows excellent proportionality, scale and use of materials. It also has a side entrance (barely visible to the left) that gives it a slightly quirky feel. Tasteful and timeless.

Grade: A


  1. And exactly what is this building? Office, rental apts., condo?

  2. 1815 Division is an office building that holds an assortment of small businesses. It was originally build as a home for un-wed mothers and housed Warner Brothers Records in the 80's and 90's.

    Don't know what year it was built.

  3. It's a dump inside. Really old and dated.

  4. Karin,

    Hate to hear that but not surprised.


  5. Au contraire! It's a funky gem inside as well. All of the woodwork is original and there are amazing beams and built in cabinets. The stair rails are beautiful. It's an old building that has twenty small business tenants (including me) and we all love it. Plus, there's a ghost!

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