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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    A reasonable noise ordinance would work. Most cities have them, they allow the party scene to reasonably coincide with people that actually need to sleep/work/live without Brad Paisley blaring at 11PM on Tuesday night. The honkey tonks work for tourism, but SoBro hasn't been developed around honkey tonks. It was developed around the MCC, hotel rooms via the MCC and multi-family residential.
  7. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    It would be pretty expensive. Underground parking typically costs between $40,000 and $50,000 per individual parking space. Above ground structured parking is typically between $25,000 and $35,000 or so. An asphalt surface lot typically costs around $5,000. Those are rough averages and don't take into consideration unique, site specific issues. Parking is expensive. I've actually seen developers/real estate companies purchase declining office space solely for the structured parking that it includes so that those parking options can be packaged with nearby/adjacent new construction that's planned.
  8. The Gulch Projects

    Which is probably at least one of the factors in the final design.
  9. Marriott Tri-Brand, 21 Stories, 486 Rooms, $137 million

    That curve will turn out to be a really sharp design element; it should lend itself to unique lighting at the corner (let's hope so, anyways). I'm more so looking forward to the installation of the cladding materials(brick, stucco, composite panels, etc...hopefully not EIFS). It should go a long way to dividing the facade, creating depth, etc.
  10. Soccer in Nashville

    I don't necessarily disagree with you on this, but I think that MLS francises having their own stadiums will go a long way in increasing populatiry and making MLS look More "big time". Sharing stadiums that are obviously the primary tenants gives MLS sort of a second rate feel, at least for me. Yes, there are professional franchises that share stadiums with college or other pro teams, but for a league that isn't extremely popular, I think anything to make the experience truly unique is needed.
  11. Soccer in Nashville

    Just my two cents... As a graduate of Memphis, I've been to campus once since I graduated and that was only to show my girlfriend. I've been back to Memphis for 4 football games since I've moved to San Antonio (3 years ago)...if Memphis had an on campus stadium, that would be 4 trips back to campus which would probably better direct my donations for things that I visually see need improving. I currently donate to the general scholarship fund (not to one of the programs from which I graduated). If Vandy isn't worried about alumni returning to campus or having say so on stadium operations, then full steam ahead, but I can tell you that I seriously think the UofM would be in a better place both financially and in regards to alumni participation if there were a reason for 35 to 50 thousand people to go to campus 7 times a year. Obviously Vandy is recognized by a majority of people for things not related to sports so it might not impact them in a way it would a public state school, but it's an option worth weighing. Typically, for state schools at least, when teams are playing well, donations and applications for admission go up. School pride goes up and for me, my wallet typically opens up. I'd probably better direct my donations if I knew of a specific academic department or college that needed money for an investment on improving their standing...that typically doesn't happen unless you return to campus, at least from what I've experienced. A major issue is who operates the stadium. There's nothing worse than being a special need tenant in a stadium where you don't have the final word on game day operations. Help me out, would Metro operate this stadium? Then again, I guess that all hinges on whether or not Nashville is selected and who the owners are.
  12. This is why local preservation ordinances are so important. In many cases, an owner must provide evidence to an economic hardship (can't sell the property over a specific period of time, can't develop an adaptive re-use project and and can't produce a reasonable rate of return on a redevelopment...all of those together, not an either or) in combination with the design of the new construction. After that comes specific demolition fees based on the square footage of the new construction. This more than usually requires a developer to preserve the historic structure. Codes written like that are written to make demolition nearly impossible. Has the State of Tennessee passed the state level tax credit for historic preservation? National Register properties here in Texas are eligible for both state and federal tax credits that often equal up to 40 to 50% of the rehabilitation cost. This often times makes it financially feasible to rehabilitate the structure rather than demolish.
  13. Marriott Tri-Brand, 21 Stories, 486 Rooms, $137 million

    Sorry for including the photo in the quote (especially for y'all viewing on your phones), but the profile of those windows looks terrible. I'm sure there will be a recess once the EIFS or stucco is applied, but that facade will look incredibly flat.
  14. Soccer in Nashville

    I typically would agree and could agree with this if it were a Retro Classic baseball stadium located in an industrial neighborhood, but a soccer specific stadium (especially at this location), IMO, doesn't need to be reserved or classic. Nothing about the idea of soccer in Tennessee (or the US) should relate to a "classic" design. It's more or less a "dropped form space idea". Architecture alone influences people's idea of a product and a bland, brick facade isn't going to spark additional attention to the stadium and eventually franchise. The fairgrounds provides a blank slate for a design; nothing needs to necessarily coexist or complement existing, historic structures in the design. Outside of budget, the design shouldn't be restricted to what exists in other parts of the city. It's hard to admit at times, but many people go to games not simply for the on field/court/ice talent, but the overall atmosphere/environment/venue. I don't like soccer at all, but best believe I attended a Portland Timbers game just to check out Providence Park.
  15. CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    I hear you on that (garage design is almost always an afterthought), but at a price of $20,000 - $30,000 per parking spot to build structured parking, most can't afford to do anything that looks better.