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The owners of this historic hotel, near Printer’s Alley, wanted to bring it back to its original art deco glory. After being used for many years as office space, it was a challenge to convert the historic structure to a boutique hotel with the spacious rooms and amenities expected by today’s travelers. The owner determined that a new addition would be required on top of the existing ballroom in order to create the number of spacious rooms needed. The architect of record, Feltus Hawkins Design, engaged Studio Eight Design to design and develop the exterior shell of a modern addition on this historic building.

The addition is designed to emphasize the difference between the historic structure and the new addition. The dark metal and glass scheme contrasts starkly with the historic brick of the adjacent historic tower. The vertical column motif was implemented not only as a visual element, but also to accommodate the structural alignment of new columns over the existing columns below.

The challenge of creating a code compliant and state of the art addition to a historic 1930 building was a welcome one. The juxtaposition of old and new is what gives this building a distinct place in Nashville’s downtown.

Project Team:
Architect/Project Lead: Feltus Hawkins Design
Building Envelope Architect: Studio Eight Design
Interior Design:  DAAD
Structural Engineer:  Structural Design Group
M.E.P. Engineer:  Power Management Corporation
General Contractor:  IDC Construction