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, February 27, 2013
Creating Places: An underrated Midtown building
I seem to recall the building (I don't know the architect so if anybody does, please note) was constructed in the mid-2000s. For a time, I considered its exterior design to be very average. But nowadays, I grade that design a B-minus at the minimum, and maybe a B-plus. Some folks might not be so kind. I suppose critics might dislike how the parapet and the second-level windows stair step in an opposite manner, creating what they could argue is a jolting effect. Others might feel the window in the center of the building is excessively large in relation to the other windows. Still others might contend the subtle H-shape of the structure is a bit odd.
Regardless, I find the little commercial building underrated — and a fine addition to the public realm.