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.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Creating Places: My type of building Part II

Here is another fine example of the type exterior design I would like to see for future Nashville buildings. Blaine Bonadies, a local man, designed the residential structure, which is located in the 3600 block of West End Avenue next to Blakemore United Methodist Church. Note the dark brick, the vertical windows and the slightly stair stepped roof line — all very tasteful touches. The building nicely melds both traditional and contemporary elements.






5 comments:

  1. I think it's ok. Looks very suburban.

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  2. Personally, I think it looks like one of those really cheesy 1980s rehabs of the original residential buildings along Music Row... complete with parking lot. Just slightly more attractive.

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  3. I don't care for this style. Looks like a townhouse in a Brentwood gated community.

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  4. I like it. It often catches my eye as I drive through that stretch of West End.

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  5. handsome buildings. i don't believe blaine bonadies was the architect for these townhomes; he was the architect for the adjacent condos at 3629(?) west end. 3629 took design cues from these townhomes as well as from the italian inspired villas by stephen wells on the other side. rick french was the developer for these townhomes - you might confirm the architect from him or his office.

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