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Bristol on Broadway: Masterpiece or Utter Failure?

What Do You Think About the Bristol on Broadway?   69 members have voted

  1. 1. What does your Heart tell you?

    • Masterpiece of Urban Traditional Architecture, worthy of Florence or Baroque Rome?
      10
    • Cheap Piece of Garbage, a sorrowful detriment to all who are forced to lay eyes upon it?
      16
    • Mixed Bag, clearly cheap-o but lovely like a sunrise?
      36
    • Mixed Bag, clearly enduring but ugly like the floor of a monkey cage?
      7

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A bunch of rancor has erupted regarding Midtown's somewhat-recently completed Bristol on Broadway.

This buiding was erected by the same group who is currently doing The Icon, and will soon be doing The Velocity. Clearly, it may be useful to examine the past work of a group who is mustering such a large amount of construction in our fairly Fair Nashville--just as one may look into the legal history of a potential employee.

Please vote in the poll, and feel free to elaborate on the Bristol on Broadway--giving us all an earful of what you believe the building may spell for the physical future of our Urban Landscape.

Here it is, for those of you who don't have the fortune (or misfortune) of gazing upon its countenance in person:

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I was almost laughing to hard at the voting options to pick one, but I picked a mixed feeling...I understand the cheap aspect to it, but around a lot of the other buildings, I agree for now it doesn't look that bad.

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I went with option number three. It's pretty cheap, but still, I believe, a good thing for the area.

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I'm gonna agree with Cheeriokid on this. Not the best, but certainly not the worst. If anything, their idea is dead on!

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I can't say anything that hasn't already been said, but I definitely don't think it's THAT bad. I've seen much worse. At least it looks like an urban structure.

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The rock veneer was an awful, awful idea. That was not necessary. The entire building should have at least been covered in a creative, thoughtfully planned brick. The eastern facade is ridiculous. And yes, retail spaces could have thrived here.

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There is something to be said about a nice brick facade, its elegant and casual at the same time. I almost think a light colored brick facade would have looked nice - not everything has to be russet brown. Also, I do not like the looks of the various window and balcony styles. Overall I prefer symmetry.

We have the Bristol on Union in Memphis. I know people who live there and they say it was cheaply built. We'll be stuck with these building for a long time so I see no issue in making the developers jump through hoops in order to achieve a quality product.

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The only thing that I really dislike about it is the stone on the lower floors. I think the brick and stucco sections look decent, but the stone does kind of make it look cheap.

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I voted for the third choice in the poll. I am just glad the poll questions were presented in such a non-inflamatory manner...: :)

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I am in agreement with most here for number three and the fact that the stone veneer looks pretty bad. They could have done a much better job. I think NT will agree that the project is great as far as urban infill, at least I think he would agree with that. Not too tall but a good fit especially for that area. One consideration is that this was a rental property to begin with and not condos. I have concern with cheap construction of many of the projects going in around town. A lot of stick frame construction is going on like Bristol on West End, The Artie Lee, Wesley Bernard and others.

Hopefully Bristol will do better with Velocity and the Icon.

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It's one of those things where it started out as an apple and they tried to turn it into an orange. I'm talking about taking it from apartments to condos. It's a nice addition to the area, but not a great addition. As far as it towering over its neighbors...I think the hotel next door had already done that years ahead of the BOB.

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The place has a funky charm. To me, it exudes the 30s, 40s, 50s, the architecture of gas stations on Route 66. I think I would have a lot of fun watching Westerns on Saturday morning TV in that building.java script:emoticon(':silly:', 'smid_19')

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I voted Masterpiece even though its not the best. Nashville needs more of this type of development, and it needs to be more affordable if possible. I don't consider the Bristol cheap or cheesy. Refined? No, its not refined architecture.

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I voted Masterpiece even though its not the best. Nashville needs more of this type of development, and it needs to be more affordable if possible. I don't consider the Bristol cheap or cheesy. Refined? No, its not refined architecture.

My sentiments exactly.

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I've already stated my dislike for the exterior, but I don't think I'll have a complete opinion until I see the inside. What does it look like?

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Since I see that we now have 10 forumers (welcome, buck dozier!) who really fancy the BonB I thought it might be a good time to post some photos of this beauty. Unfortunately, they're almost a year old (not much more than 1 year after the opening) so they don't completely capture the decaying state of the building now obvious to the proud and not so proud owners in this project. Like the images of the Bristol West End I think these photos represent some of the worst design and workmanship our city has ever seen for homes selling north of $250/sf (or $300/sf in the case of BWE).

In order to demonstrate that there are other examples of good quality available for a decent value I took some time to photograph a few different projects today. I will post those photos on a different thread some time tomorrow.

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Would you guys please stop responding to this poll? It looks like option C is the winner by far. I don't agree, but let's move on, shall we?

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Would you guys please stop responding to this poll? It looks like option C is the winner by far. I don't agree, but let's move on, shall we?

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Newtowner, not to argue with you because I do see the faults. But what Masterpiece do you live in? I think the point is that not everyone can afford to live in Class A property.

I am not blown away with the qualiity of our townhouse in Antioch, but it it is where we are right now. I do agree that BoB is not up to the level of some other projects. I think that is part of the evolution of a city. Look at some of the cities like NY or Chicago. They are replacing many buildings that we would not welcome in Nashville today. Cities should and have to evolve with their people.

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Would you guys please stop responding to this poll? It looks like option C is the winner by far. I don't agree, but let's move on, shall we?

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Newtowner, not to argue with you because I do see the faults. But what Masterpiece do you live in? I think the point is that not everyone can afford to live in Class A property.

I am not blown away with the qualiity of our townhouse in Antioch, but it it is where we are right now. I do agree that BoB is not up to the level of some other projects. I think that is part of the evolution of a city. Look at some of the cities like NY or Chicago. They are replacing many buildings that we would not welcome in Nashville today. Cities should and have to evolve with their people.

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