Category Archives: Habitation

SCADpad – Living Large in a Parking Space

Parking garages are everywhere and nowhere at once. Utilitarian to the core, the structures are designed to blend in to their predominantly urban surroundings while serving an essential function: to house vehicles as efficiently as possible. Human considerations count only insofar as they further a greater efficiency of space utilization. In other words, it’s all about the cars. Parking structures are built to be used, not aesthetically admired. As such, the spaces can elicit a sense … Continue Reading ››

Redevelopment of the Acuff-Rose Building, Nashville – Part 2

Perhaps the most striking feature of the Acuff-Rose building’s original façade was the near total concealment of its windows. At curbside, there would appear to be no clear means of entering the 23,500-square-foot building. Until recent renovations, decorative pre-cast concrete panels dominated the black granite walls of the façade, imparting an unmistakably mid-century modern aesthetic to the building. Known as decorative screening or tracery, this once very popular architectural treatment referenced the Gothic architecture … Continue Reading ››

Redevelopment of the Acuff-Rose Building, Nashville – Part 1

The former headquarters of Acuff-Rose Publishing Company, located at 2510 Franklin Road in Nashville, sits across the street from a Firestone service center flanked by a barber shop/nail salon and a Greek-American diner. While the Melrose area of South Nashville has seen a flurry of new development in the last couple of years, the neighborhood retains the low-slung, working-class vibe it had when the Acuff-Rose Building was dedicated on July 10, 1967. That the music … Continue Reading ››