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  1. I'm taking this as pure sarcasm, because the Tower Life building here is one of the best pre-war skyscrapers in this country outside of NYC and Chicago. (I thought this before I moved to SA...ha!)
  2. JW Marriott - 385' - 34 Floors - topped out

    I partially think the scaffolding might be there for location/installation of mechanical equipment on top of the existing concrete structure/mechanical penthouse and after installation it will be removed. I just can't think of a reason why additional steel and spandrel glass would be installed without a functioning purpose (just the boring, practical part of my mind thinking out loud). With that being said, I'm hoping that they are adding another level - this thing looks great and will look even better with an additional 15 to 20 feet in height.
  3. Marriott Tri-Brand, 21 Stories, 486 Rooms, $137 million

    I'm starting to feel more comfortable about the the facade depth and fenestration patterns on this one; at least on the side facade shown in the last picture. The other facades are going to rely on cladding materials - let's hope it's not EIFS. Someone not as lazy as me care to look back to see what was specified?
  4. JW Marriott - 385' - 34 Floors - topped out

    I wouldn't be surprised if they held that for future hotel space development; whether it's in 5 or 10 years.
  5. Repurposed/revitalized historical buildings in Nashville

    I don't understand the obsession with painting brick; it's trendy, tacky and not healthy for the masonry. HGTV and Pinterest strike again.
  6. I like this as well. I'm really excited to see a bit more information on materials and detailing of those materials. This adds to the already nice density that's formed almost overnight in the area.
  7. Repurposed/revitalized historical buildings in Nashville

    Yeah, it's a mess...I'm laughing trying to see what's going HGTV a style? There wasn't much architectural significance to the original structure, so thankfully not much at all will be lost when someone decides to tear this down in 5 to 10 years.
  8. Someone was trying to save him from more ill advised architectural decisions. That house is sad.
  9. Much of it was a cover up (or an act of ignoring) of needed maintenance. In the cases of commercial buildings, particularly the exteriors, it was an attempt to add more of a clean or modern look. Keep in mind many of these historic buildings are located in areas that had seen a downturn due to the creation of automobile suburbs and the interstate system. Mall, etc. removed the need to visit many of these buildings and this was an attempt to match the architecture found out in loop land. When folks found out that this didn't work, many closed their doors and the cheap cover up materials remained. Many are just now being removed after 50 to 60 or so years. Luckily, just like in the case of asbestos siding covering the original wood siding on historic houses built between 1910 and 1935ish, the non-original facade materials have sheltered and in many times, preserved the original materials. Asbestos, as harmful as it is to humans, has well preserved many historic houses original materials.
  10. People often do; however, most of the time it's always on the interior. You'd be surprised. Most commonly, "urban renewal" from the 60's and 70's covered up many ornamental architectural details on buildings that were built prior to WWII - this goes for both exterior and interior elements. Drive through any small town, specifically down main street or around the court square and you'll find aluminum cladding that has been applied to facades that cover up the original architecture. Here's a nice surprise from San Antonio from a few months ago...obviously there was knowledge (from historic photos) of the original cladding, but no one really knew how much was left. Many times the nasty drop ceilings that are in renovated historic building cover the original ceilings, which are usually very ornamental. These photos are from the City of San Antonio's Office of Historic Preservation Facebook Page.
  11. Repurposed/revitalized historical buildings in Nashville

    It is and it happens all of the time. This more than likely was someone trying to turn a 1920's structure into a Mid-Century modern structure, or at least something similar. HGTV is damning for historic structures sometimes.
  12. Repurposed/revitalized historical buildings in Nashville

    ^^^ I'm happy that this structure is being re-purposed, but it's a shame that the castellated elements from the parapet wall were removed. That really stripped the structure of any significant architectural character.
  13. I haven't seen the structure in person, but based on the documents submitted to staff, the criteria for economic hardship and the fact that the applicant hasn't provided even the most basic engineer's report noting that the structure is in structural disrepair, the staff is correct for not recommending approval of the demolition. The Commission could find this not to be the case, however. The house doesn't look that bad at all.
  14. Office floor to floor heights are typically 13 to 15 feet to account for drop ceilings. I would add approximately 20 to 40 feet to your total for office height. I might also guestimate a slightly taller lobby, but everything else in your estimate is pretty much spot on.
  15. But that motion hasn't been made yet. A few thoughts come to mind for me (I've spent a majority of my career working with historic structures). I purposefully stayed out of that never ending thread in the coffee house a fear years back. I also love to hear the opinions of those who are not architects or historic preservation professionals to keep my own thoughts and ideas balanced. Anyways... 1. The house can't be rebuilt exactly to it's original state. Wood today is inferior to wood in 1917. Construction details today are inferior to those in 1917. If it were rebuilt, it would probably look like a crap track home, to be honest. If it was done correctly, it would cost him a whole lot more than any estimate he's probably received. 2. I haven't worked with one Historic Commission that would not consider his unreasonable economic hardship in this situation. Most, will consider the caution that a long time resident will take in reconstruction/construction rather than move to make the owner rebuild, which inevitably will wind up with a not so thought out house being built by a developer. Metro needs to implement a demolition process that authorizes demolition when an economic hardship has been proven and replacement plans are approved and appropriate. He would still need to pay a fee based on the replacement square footage, but would save a significant amount of money. 3. Has the fire martial not ruled this structure condemned? If only one third can be salvaged, that's not much overall. 4. He's probably going to be allows to demolish and rebuild. I personally wish he wouldn't attempt to replicate the historic structure; it's usually always not what everyone expects.