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    The view from my 27th floor at Avenue. I take one image every Thursday, to follow the progression.
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Mecklenburg_County,_North_Carolina Here are the remaining National Historic Registered buildings in Mecklenburg. (102 listings, 21 are districts/farms/mills/cemeteries, and 5 are already gone. ) All of the other commercial towers (Hotel Charlotte and Independence Building) are already leveled. Hall House was already renovated in the 1980s, so it was substantially updated for codes and is in surprisingly good shape despite being public housing for almost half its use. Tearing down a historic registered tower in reusable shape for low rise stick built apartments is unconscionable. The 2 acre site was supposed to be a renovated 14 story hotel, 14 story residential tower, a larger footprint for the office tower. To swap that for a 6 story matchstick building with 1/4 public housing is exactly what this site does not need. Somewhat lost in this discussion is the fact that North Tryon from 7th to 12th is decaying and dying. Empty restaurant spaces, stalled developments and street life that is almost entirely homeless. The purpose of the investment of 7th @ Tryon project was to infuse the area with new life and balance the decay and blight that is forming in the area. The obsession with the Charlotte Housing Authority to keep this land for its affordable housing at the expense of a much larger redevelopment and the destruction of yet another historic structure will contribute to further decline in North Tryon. If they think 4th Ward and 1st Ward do not already have substantial affordable housing means they haven't done the analysis.
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    Hello everyone! Been following this thread for a while. Thought I might start contributing to it.
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    The Lord & Liberty Hotel at 627 2nd Ave. South has released images and diagrams for the repurposing of the 1895-era Geddes Engine Company # 6 Fire House and a new 9 story addition that will be 115 feet tall. From the diagrams, it appears there will be about 80 rooms, along with a restaurant, bar, and meeting rooms. L & L Nashville LLC is the developer and other involved are Blur Workshop (architecture), Hawkins Partners (landscape architecture), Thomas & Hutton (engineering). They will go before Metro Planning Commission's Downtown Code design review committee on Sept 10th to request modifications to zoning for the project that limits that neighborhood to 6 stories. More at Nashville Post here: https://www.nashvillepost.com/business/development/article/21141919/images-released-for-boutique-hotel-eyed-for-downtown This screen shot from Smeagolsfree's excellent development map shows the site highlighted in teal at the center of the frame:
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    I follow “Charlotte Over the Years” on social media and a man named Mark Taylor posted this today. I remember being young and seeing NCNB(BOA) under construction on WBTV’s Live cams. It was so much taller than the rest of the skyline. It’s the building that started my fascination with architecture and infrastructure.
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    A few pictures I took of the storms this weekend
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    A few pictures I took of the storms last night!
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    Did anyone else get to see the storms last night?!
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    Thanks @QCxpat! One thing I am going to like about this project, and maybe the Belk Theater project is that they will still be under construction for a year or two. Hear me out: As we are definitely entering a very real economic downturn from this pandemic, one thing that I think makes our city look stronger and more ripe for development is that development is still happening. I remember in 2008-2010 a lot of projects went bust, but it was around that time that Skye was finally going into construction, and Element was starting, and then finally it was Skyhouse 1. And then things really took off from 300ST. It may be one or two buildings, but having them under construction still shows a city moving forward and upward, and that pays dividends in the marketing department.
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    The Gulch Union project appears to be in modification mode by dropping the 16 story hotel, and replacing it with a second 28 story residential tower. The baseline height for buildings on the site is 20 stories. Austin-based development company Endeavor Real Estate Group has applied, via Metro’s bonus height program, for eight additional floors to go with the 20 floors offered by right. This would allow a residential building on the north tract of the site (the segment, as noted, originally planned for a hotel structure) to rise 28 floors. The team will go before the MDHA Design Review Committee on Tuesday, July 21st to seek approval of the modifications. New massing renders and diagrams below. More behind the Nashville Post paywall here: https://www.nashvillepost.com/business/development/article/21140530/gulch-project-plan-could-be-altered
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    FNB Tower and Honeywell Tower from afar both racing to be on the skyline. 2 great additions.
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    What pandemic? Cranes everywhere in Charlotte.
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    I really enjoy the entrance of the Grand Bohemian the more I pass it on my walks. I Googled and learned a little more about the entrance. The entrance inspiration appears to be the Vienna Secession Building, built in 1898 by Joseph Maria Olbrich, which is in the Jugendstil style. It is one of the most treasured examples of secessionist art. You can learn more here. The building celebrates the marriage between art and architecture. The three gorgons above the door represent Malerei, Architektur and Plastik: painting, architecture and sculpture. The “gold cabbage” laurel leaves signify victory, dignity and purity. Also, there is an owl motif that on the Grand Bohemian that is also drawn from the Secession building, which along with the Medusa heads are attributes of Athena: the goddess of Purity and Victory. All in all, with the Grand Bohemian brand being known for bringing together travelers with art, I find that this was a well thought out motif for the buildings exterior. Below are some pics from my walk today and a few photos I found of the secession building for comparison:
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    Some more color combinations. Lower intensity works best.
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    This photo shows a little more of the lighting
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    Here you go. Taken an hour ago from top of the Ashton.
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    It's remarkable how similar in size the footprints are of the current DEC and the future Duke tower.
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    Today 10:45 a.m. - plywood boards finally taken off picture windows
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    So this is roughly the height with eight more floors:
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    Since many of you liked the old family photos of Shelby Park back in the 1940s, I thought I would share with you some of my memories of the places in Inglewood to Madison that have vanished since the gentrification of that area of Nashville. I grew up off Gallatin Pike (not road as it is called today) right by the railroad tressle on Iverson Avenue. My grandfather built two houses from Sears & Roebuck kits for about $8,000 each. That's my mom back in 1943 at 1009 Iverson Avenue befoe she was married.. Back then Gallatin squeezed through under the railroad bridge even though the road was only 2 lanes back then in 1947. It had not been widened since it was built in the early 20th century. Nashville and Inglewood was dark and nasty as none of the hydroelectic dams existed on the Cumberland and the whole city was heated by coal and powered by coal-burning powerplants. Any new buildings were fairly quickly blackened by the pollution. Not as bad as Birmingham, Alabama though. This proved fortunate as the Blizzard of 1951 wiped out power for the whole city, but at least a large number of homes had some minimal heat. I have very clear memories of this even though I was only 4. When the TVA began construction of Old Hickory Dam, we often made trips over there to look at the construction being the biggest thing in the area. I always was impressed by the scale, but also the 10 huge smokestacks of the abandoned WW1 gunpowder works next to it. The manufacture of gunpowder was a BIG thing for Nashville back then and Nashville was known as "Powder City of the World" as proclaimed on this old postcard. By the 1950s only the 10 huge smokestacks remained in a tangle of woods. Dupont took over the lands and blew them up in about 1963 for new plant construction.. The dam brought in a new era of clean air as the new suburbs were all electric homes like the one we moved into in Dalewood overlooking the future site of Opryland and Shelby Bottoms as I recently posted. Back to Inglewood and Gallatin Road, the newest miracle was a huge new theater, the Inglewood...now demolished. I remember at 10 years old walking 3 blocks to the old Icehouse past the hardware and McGinnis drugs...demolished for a KFC. If you wanted to reach the other side of the Cumberland, there were no automobile bridges between the Shelby Street Bridge and the Old Hickony Bridge. You took a ferry ride instead over to get to Donaldson at McGavock Road. I remember in the 1950s going out towards Madison to buy wonderful fresh baked rasin bread at Mayfair Market just before Litton High and would even stop at the 5 & 10 there for a toy. The market burned in the late 50s and the 5&10 went out of business soon after. I did manage to go to school at Isaac Litton where my mom went to school in the late 1930s. The old classic high school building was demolished eventually though the old gym was refurbished and still stands. I even had some of her teachers too. Another interesting place I could see from our Iverson backyard was the the old Tuberculosis Hospital and the Old Mason's Home. Largely abandoned off Ben Allen Road until the state and city rebuilt or demolished a lot of it We passed every Saturday night on our way to the Skyway Drive-In over on Dickerson Pike. In the 1970s, you went everywhere by car on Gallatin Pike; traffic was too dangerous to walk and no sidewalks. I remember stopping at the Krystal where burgers were a nickel after shopping for groceries at the Cooper & Martin grocery where Walgreens is now. The A& P grocery was over by East High School. I remember before there was a NADC, their first buiding was an old Shoneys restaurant. In closing, I would like to show a couple of sad demolitions. Evergreen, the historic estate of the country music star Jim Reeves was adjacent to Briley Parkway on Gallatin Pike. It was demolished for a Home Depot. And over at the Edgefield end of Gallatin Pike on Main Street was Silverdene built in the early 1800s, fated to end up as a salvage junk store and burned in the 1990s. Sad. I think it stood on the site where Hotel Air BnB was built. Well, I hope all of you new folks who moved to Nashville after all this get some idea what it was like here before the turn of the century. I would like to suggest that one or two of the other old natives on this list could share their remininises of the area of Nashville they grew up in.
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    A foundation permit of $3.15 million has been granted. The 356 units will be apartments, not condos. Price tag for the whole project will be $160 million. More behind the Nashville Post paywall here: https://www.nashvillepost.com/business/development/article/21141697/giarratana-lands-key-permit-for-downtown-tower
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    CATS posted this 1995 pic of a shuttle bus today on their FB page. The photo is from Andrill Terrace near JSU. I found the same location in Google Maps, and it's interesting to see it 25 years later. Same tree on the right but definitely not the same skyline. BofA was looking lonely. Back then it kind of reminds me of how the BofA tower in Atlanta still looks today. Out there by itself.
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    First glass is up along 7th: Here’s a bonus pic of the Embassy from the Pedestrian Bridge:
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    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Haha I was just reading about the specifics so I can try. I only have lenses that go up to 300mm so I'm not going to get anything with great detail. I know of some folks in here with top-notch equipment that should try Something a little different for the photo of the day. I like the gritty area off Seaboard St and the views you can get.
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