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.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Creating Places: A building changes on West End

After a nice day of ho, ho, ho, I was driving home this afternoon when the nondescript West End Avenue building seen in the center of the photograph (courtesy of Google Maps) below caught my attention. (For reference, Outback serves meat lovers from the building on the left and Maggiano's dishes out pasta in the structure on the right.)

I couldn't clearly determine exactly what had been done, but it seemed some of the white portion of the building has been painted blue. Clearly, if this is a new color scheme slated, the structure will rank, once fully bathed in its new hue, among the most unusual of all the city's structures designed with a modernist aesthetic.

I'll share more once I get the details.