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Postby johnnyapollo » Sun Mar 27, 2005 6:29 am

I recently went to Nashvile Tennessee to visit my 82 year-old mother (she was being hospitalized for a mild stroke, so the circumstances weren't the best - however bringing my camera and "focusing" some of my attention on the localized scenery provided some much needed distraction). I also visited my brother in nearby Clarksville Tennesse (about 50 miles north of Nashville, just under the Tennessee/Kentucky border). Here are some snaps I took that I thought you all might find of some interest:

Nashville:
The area I visited was on Nashville's West End in the Belle Meade neighborhood - this was a rather upper-crust area that borders Vanderbuilt University and many private prep schools. The architecture is very diverse, with Craftsman bungalows siding next to MCM synogogues and wildly angular churches. My mother was admitted to St Johns Hospital - one of the best heart facilities in the state (some might argue in the Southeast). There were two nearby buildings that captured my interest. One was the old Belle Meade theater (now housing some retail business) and the Imperial House (I'm not sure of the original intent of this building - I believe it held condos or appartments).

Belle Meade Theater:
This theater is a rather interesing survivor of the art deco period with all the usual bits: stone and glass tile, stainless steel, and an amazing tower (remarkably still standing).
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http://www.northcrestmodern.com/ModernImages/Nashville/BelleMeadeTheater3.jpg

Imperial House:
I'm not sure why I love the design of this building so much. It could be the wing-shaped motif, reiterated throughout the degisn, or the gigantic decorative block - you be the judge.
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http://www.northcrestmodern.com/ModernImages/Nashville/ImperialHouse1.jpg
http://www.northcrestmodern.com/ModernImages/Nashville/ImperialHouse3.jpg
http://www.northcrestmodern.com/ModernImages/Nashville/ImperialHouse4.jpg
http://www.northcrestmodern.com/ModernImages/Nashville/ImperialHouse5.jpg
http://www.northcrestmodern.com/ModernImages/Nashville/ImperialHouse6.jpg
http://www.northcrestmodern.com/ModernImages/Nashville/ImperialHouse7.jpg
http://www.northcrestmodern.com/ModernImages/Nashville/ImperialHouse8.jpg

I'm starting another thread that is more specific to Clarksville, Tennesse so please reference that one for additional information.

-- Best, John

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Postby synthetic space » Sun Mar 27, 2005 1:29 pm

Imagine my surprise to see a topic related to Tennessee modernism.... Here are a couple more images for your viewing pleasure -- my own house:

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We're actually about 75 miles from Nashville, in between there and Chattanooga.

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Postby SDR » Sun Mar 27, 2005 2:03 pm

Fantastic, S-S. Who is the architect? Date of construction? Anything else like it in your area?

John -- Sorry to hear about your mom. Thanks for the images -- we could all use a little constructive distraction, these days. . .

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Postby synthetic space » Mon Mar 28, 2005 6:04 am

SDR wrote:Fantastic, S-S. Who is the architect? Date of construction? Anything else like it in your area?


The house was designed by Lee Prout of Joyce, Pearson & Prout, P.A. (Huntsville, Alabama) in 1972. It won an AIA award in '76.

There is definitely nothing else like it in the area -- we're surrounded by traditional brick homes (and now McMansions as well). Our house is something of a local landmark, because it stands out so much from the rest of the architecture in this town.

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Postby johnnyapollo » Mon Mar 28, 2005 6:13 am

Hey SS,

There are a few commercial buildings in both Nashville and Clarksville that share the same basic style as your home - yours is the first I've seen from a residential perspective though (except for a few apartment buildings that are similar). How about some interior shots?

-- Best, John

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Postby synthetic space » Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:52 am

As far as modern residential architecture goes, it was actually a somewhat popular style in the late 1960s through the 1970s -- that is, wood-clad, monolithic/sculptural volumes. A lot of houses in issues of "Architectural Record" (and in their annual "Record Houses" publications) from this period shared this aesthetic. It also became more prominent because of the Sea Ranch development in northern California.

I don't have any interior photos available at the moment. We've just recently completed a major renovation of the interior but haven't had a chance to take any photos.

P.S. John, my brother lives in a modern condo in Atlanta; I told him about your web site, and he said that he would have to check out your neighborhood when he's ready to buy a house.


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