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  1. Just a few more old Nashville (except the crane) pics before I leave for Florida). Note the old homes by the Capitol...very elegant back then. President Polk lived in one of them. The L&C tower was back in 1957.
  2. Taking off on vacation next week, so I won't be posting until after Memorial Day. I thought I would make the rounds of the office windows again. Real progress in the Gulch. 333 has lots of frame up, Endeavor's Union is pouring the second floor and W has some walls and columns in the pit. 505 is really getting a presence and the Grand Hyatt is peeking above Union Station Hotel now. Endeavor is getting work at the topmost box. Drury and the Joseph are showing over the Covention Building. On the way home, I see demolition is about done on the storage facility on 6th ( the truck repair shop is already down) and the hotel next door (another Hyatt) is getting along well. Lastly the apartments across from the Howard Offices on 2nd are massing up nicely. Enjoy.
  3. Oh yeah! Took a shot of train traffic from my office window today. The best train through the Gulch recently was the old steamer #576 which was liberated from Centennial Park and is going through a complete restoration. It will be eventually running excursions from Nashville when it is finished. The steam powered whistle again in the Gulch was awesome!
  4. This "wilderness" is not natural. The area looked pretty rough back in the 60s. It was then expected to be developed for housing projects which fortunately was averted by the work of many concerned citizens. The lake rose and fell very much back in the 30s when 1,000,000 or more gallons were drained daily for railroad purposes. Here is a quote from the Radnor website: "The lake was initially created to provide water for use by the L&N Railroad. In 1913, the railroad purchased 1,000 acres in the Overton Hills south of Nashville following completion of a railroad line from Decatur, Alabama to south Nashville. The railroad’s impetus was to build a reservoir large enough to supply water for its steam engines located at nearby Radnor Yards. With careful examination the downward running water supply and the basin below two ridges provided the perfect location. Otter Creek flowed through this basin, and over the next three years (1914-1917) and after the laborious man and horsepower needed to build the earthen dam and transform the landscape– Radnor Lake, the valve house and the valve therein was born. The lake was initially used for watering steam locomotives and supplying the watering pens for shipped livestock. Later on, it became a local sportsman’s club for L&N railroad executives and guests." Pretty much what a lot of people regard as "wilderness jewels" are second or third growth on reclaimed land. I remember when the most of the trees in the Great Smokey National Park were scarcely bigger in diameter than my leg. It was clear cut and eroded back in the 1920s. Fortunately, nature has rebounded, but with climate change, it will be harder and insipient upon all of us to make sure it can still happen.
  5. The decking is fluted for rigidity. Normally the building floors will be divided by the column grid with deeper beams 14" to 24" deep with the larger ones usually incorporated into what is called a moment frame system which intersect at 90 degrees. This gives multistory frames stiffness against windloads which can be tricky in urban blocks. Floor slab thickness is usually around 5" as this is what is required for fire integrity between floors of 2 to 3 hours. Thickness of the concrete floor slab is measured from the bottom of the deck flutes. If the intermediate beams (called purlins) are spaced greater than 5 of 6 feet, the decking is increased to 2" and can be a heavier gauge metal. All Is variable for the proposed loading and economic factors. A hospital tower I am currently working on has a 7.25" concrete floor system. It is cheaper to add concrete where you have recesses like shower pan bases than to perform structural acrobatics to keep a minimum 5.25" slab thickness for the fire code minimums. In the case of the new Courthouse, the dead/ live loading is fairly light (as opposed to storage like the new Archives building) so the floors can be at a minimum thickness. HOWEVER, due to the treat of terrorism, the floors MAY be thicker or have more steel reinforcement than would be customary for say an office tower. I really haven't done much in federal building design in decades and have had no reason to study current codes and standards for their design. One of the design considerations that I think might be interesting to forum members concerns concert facilities like the Schemerhorn and Belmont facilities. The floors, walls and ceiling structure are much thicker and solid as they require more mass for acoustic considerations. This is required to isolate external sounds from the hall and to reduce any internal vibrations from equipment through mass walls. Another reason is that the life expectancy of such structures is measured in centuries unlike office towers which are measured in decades, so they are built very solidly. Consider how long the Convention Center lasted before it was demolished and is being replaced at 5th & Broadway. I remember back in the 1960's when the Cain Sloan department store built its' new four story store where the 505 tower now stands. Probably the 505 is the 5th or 6th building erected on that site. Here are several photos along Church Street when I was a kid. Note that the Parmount theater is on the site of the new Courthouse. I include one looking up Deadrick where the only surviving building is the War Memorial Building at the end of the street. The Cain-Sloan is the site of the 505 now. The towers we now build and salivate over on this forum may come down in 30 or 40 years as they are relatively easy to demolish or implode for new works.
  6. Just a few pics from my office windows and projects over on Main Street in East Nashville nearing completion (nothing particularly exciting). The crane came down on Endeavor yesterday and W is finally getting some columns in the pit.
  7. I am annoyed that I can't locate the post about the Schemerhorn being mistaken for being much older than the 13 years since it has been built. At any rate, I pointed out that the new performing arts building at Belmont would also appear as if it had been there forever. Both buildings are rather spectacular ESa projects, so I thought I would share another symphony hall ESa designed recently in Charleston, South Carolina. The new Belmont facility will be quite similar in quality of period appearance and attention to detail. Sorry I could not provide actual Belmont interior renderings, but they have not yet been published.
  8. Hey MLB, I was kidding you, not criticizing any lack of knowledge on your part. No the dorms were never intended to be temporary. As to the "Soviet style" design of the towers, it was economy, economy, economy. Vandy wanted to make them even cheaper and more brutalistic. Thank heavens, I was just an low level employee and had nothing to do with the actual designing. The firm really did much better work for Vandyon other projects; both of the Streets were very cognizant of how horrible the buildings would look, but Vandy was adamant on costs. Other and considerably better buildings they did at Vandy included Sarratt, Blair School of Music and the village style dorms next to Morgan. As to Waste Management's reasoning, I can believe Ingram may have a valid point as to why they chose Houston.
  9. Oh, I got his well taken point. I just couldn't resist an architectural dig at the "Hogwarts" reference and wanted to comment on the work going on along West End. I have felt a little shame for years in having even been remotely associated with the four giant boxes on West End.
  10. Obviously, you are not particularly well acquainted with the physical plant of Hogwarts (which is of course fictional). Perhaps you are referring to the theme parks' theatrically fake facades? Alternately, you are perhaps woefully deficient in your knowledge of classical architecture and think Vandy is building medieval castles all along West End. I personally worked for Street and Street Architects when those massively ugly Carmichael Dorms were designed. I thought they were dreadful then and will shed no tears when they come crumbling to the ground. The original Edward Durell Stone dorms at the corner of 21st Avenue were godawfully boring. If you prefer steel and glass boxes, perhaps you would like to see some of the insane products of Frank Gehery on campus or perhaps a chimera like the hodgepodge of the Children's Hospital on campus or monstrosities like the old swoopy Olin Engineering Hall . Seriously, the replacement dorms are in fair harmony with the historic structures of the Vanderbilt campus and do define an important boundary along West End. There are far worse alternates Vandy could have taken architecturally.
  11. Thought I would chime in here on a topic other than sports mania, scooters and super ugly boxy housing. This is sort of a resurrection of from an old post of Mark Hollin about the redevelopment of Centennial Park back a few years ago. I suppose that the phase II reconstructions are winding down though the Earl Swennson designed bandshell hasn't been demolished and replaced yet. There also was to be a reworking of the course of the spring in the corner by the funeral home at Elliston and 26th.I thought they were going to restore the clamshell and ship prow artifacts of the 1897 faire. Does anyone know what and when is the next phase for the park? For those of you who are new or out of town, here are some history and pics about this unique park. I remember back then when some ignorant Nashville preacher was raging about the Parthenon and how it was NO PLACE for an idol of a Pagan goddess. How stupid can you get? Here is a brief history revue from the Conservancy of the Parthenon Centennial Park: "Early in the city's history, Nashville acquired the nickname "Athens of the West," because of the emphasis on education, especially a classical education, which included studies in Greek and Latin. As the United States spread ever westward, Nashville ceased to be on the frontier and the nickname changed to "Athens of the South." It was a firmly established sobriquet by 1895, when Tennessee began planning an exposition in celebration of its first 100 years of statehood. Following the lead of Chicago's Columbian Exposition of 1893, the planners of the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition chose a neo-classical style for the buildings. When Nashville offered to build the art pavilion for the fair, the natural choice for the Athens of the South was a replica of the Parthenon. Built as a full-scale replica only on the outside, the interior was a series of galleries for the display of paintings and sculptures gathered from around the world for the . This replica was intended to be a temporary structure, as were all the exposition buildings, but it so filled Nashville's collective imagination that the city decided to leave it standing as a civic monument and art center." The first 3 photos are of the 1897 Tennessee Centinnial Exposition which from a construction point of view was amazing. William Crawford Smith was the architect of the Parthenon Arts pavillion. This is a postmortem portrait. I suppose the Parthenon will be the next victim of the rabid anti -confederate history bruha these days and will be picketed to be torn down. Likewise the 1950s &60s nativity display. Athena, for now, seems safe in her temple. "Nashville's Athena statue was constructed from 1982 to 1990. It stood in Nashville’s Parthenon as a plain, white statue for 12 years. In 2002 the Parthenon gilded Athena with Alan LeQuire and master gilder Lou Reed in charge of the project. The gilding makes Athena appear that much closer to the ancient Athena Parthenos. In addition to gilding, the project included painted details on her face, wardrobe and shield. Nashville's Athena stands 12.75 meters (41'10") tall, and weighs approximately 10900 Kg (12 tons.) This makes her the largest piece of indoor sculpture in the Western World." The last photos show the clamshell and ship's prow still standing in the front area of the park. The ship's prow has the bronze fittings from the cruiser 'U.S.S. Tennessee'. Actually, the ship prow dates from the 1920s not the 1897 Exposition as the ship was in active service untill it was replaced around WWI and broken up. The state of Tennessee received the ornamental bronzework we see today.,
  12. For the Nashville history buffs, here are a few old photos. The first is the west side of the square looking up Union (demolished in the 60s). The second is the Shelby Street Bridge east banks, site of the stadium and the park area with the long ramp up to the bridge. The third is the Neuhoffs building back in the late 30s. It was little different when I worked there in 1966. Right by the opening in the corner of the curve was where you entered and punched the timeclock. Where I worked was right under the square roof popup on the first floor. Hot, sweaty and put me off luncheon meats for a decade. The last was of Candyland where every kid had to carjole his mom to stop on a trip to the department stores. This was at the corner of 6th and Church. The fascade was a mirror shiny cobalt blue porcelain tile. To the left was a very narrow Kystal (about 8 feeft wide).
  13. Gulch Crossing had their annual required fire drill yesterday as I was looking at the W excavation......we have WALLS going up now down in the pit. Anyway I found a few views I liked from under the Demonbreum viaduct. For those who have not been under the bridge, the piers are rather cool.
  14. I found another aerial view looking back west towards downtown showing just how rural up 4th Avenue S. was back then almost to the heart of Nashville.
  15. I hope this is the best thread for this bit of urban Nashville history. For several years now I have been looking around the banks of the Cumberland like at Gay Street and under the bridges next to the stadium parking lot. I had seen some old stone work, but did not realize what I had found. Recently the old stonework was cleaned up and recognized by historians as the ruins of the first bridge over the Cumberland in Nashville. It is under the Victory Memorial bridge constructed in the early 50s. The abutments are what remain of the old Nashville Toll Bridge which opened in 1823. Here is a brief description from the native History Association website www.nativehistoryassociation.org/tollbridge.php : "The first bridge in Nashville, which was also the first bridge over the Cumberland River, was built in 1823 at the northeast corner of the city's public square, near the location where the Victory Memorial Bridge now stands. It was a three-span, covered toll bridge constructed of wood and iron, supported by stone abutments on each bank, and two stone piers in the river channel. In the late 1830's thousands of Cherokees crossed this bridge on the Trail of Tears. By the mid-nineteenth century, the new generation of steamboats was too tall to pass under the bridge, so in 1850 the first Woodland Street Bridge was built to replace it. The 1823 Nashville Toll Bridge was then dismantled in 1851" Like the old City Cemetery and the limestone block walls in the Gulch, this shows one can still ferret out bits of old Nashville. In the aerial shot, you can see the east bank abutment standing just to the left of the Woodland Street Bridge approach. This photo is from 1940 and shows how dense the city was back then with one and two story buildings. It was in the late 1960s when so much of this became the vast sea of parking lots which we are still striving to refill.
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