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.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Creating Places: Work begins on Gulch high-rise

Workers were spotted today toiling at the Gulch site on which Ray Hensler's long-awaited luxury apartment building will rise. Some men installed erosion barriers, while others (from what I could tell) were attending to utility work. I have to say I was very pleased to see the activity, as the tower (not sure if it will be called Laurel Street Apartments or The Mondrian) once finished might rank among the city's 15 or so most attractive buildings — at least in terms of exterior design — of 200 feet or taller.


  1. Good news! It looks like it will be a beautiful addition to the Nashville skyline.

  2. I hope that he will include enough parking spaces. It needs guest parking (I can't believe Encore was built without any guest parking spaces. And yes I know Encore was not Hensler.)
    Also a one bedroom needs two parking spaces, not one. Two people have been known to live together in a one bedroom you know.

    1. This is true. The parking situation at Encore is a major problem and has caused people I know to reject the building based on parking alone.

    2. Praise God, someone else agrees with me about parking.