Obsession: Parlor games

Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 10:45pm

Upon unveiling preliminary renderings of the new Omni Hotel, poised to be the headquarters hostelry for the Music City Center, Nunzio M. DeSantis of Hill Glazier Studio declared his firm’s desire to make Fifth Avenue into Nashville’s “outdoor living room.”

A bold statement — so bold, in fact, that observers were left scratching their heads as to what DeSantis meant, exactly.

Apparently, the idea is that the Country Music Hall of Fame, Music City Center and the hotel will collectively be the welcoming room of the city, a place for visitors to relax and get a feel for our home.

Of course, making Fifth our living room raises the question: What’s the layout of our house in this extended architectural metaphor?

For example, where’s the bedroom?

Obviously, Belle Meade is the master bedroom. Less prominent family members sleep in Hendersonville and Brentwood. East Nashville, of course, is the kids’ room — with attached game room, no less.

Our formal dining room is the Capitol Grille, where our best guests get feted. We ourselves eat in the comfy confines our collective kitchens: Arnold’s, Swett’s and the Loveless Cafe (at breakfast on the weekends it seems like everyone wants to crowd into the latter).

Centennial Park is our front yard for everyone to see. Bells Bend and Beaman Park collectively form the large backyard, which we keep a little wild for our own enjoyment.

The East Bank home of PSC Metals is, sadly, still that old, unsightly workshop garage we keep meaning to do something about every time we have people over. We swear we’ll put that new roof and coat of paint on it soon enough.

Because really, now that the living room is getting renovated and fit for company, maybe it’s time to do something with that blight. It is, after all, in view of our living room’s picture window. —J.R. Lind

7 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 10/18/10 at 5:15

Great article.

By: WickedTribe on 10/18/10 at 5:27

I thought the question was about what he meant by outdoor. Sounds like all three structures are exclusively interior, so what's "outdoor" about this living room?

By: shinestx on 10/18/10 at 6:58

If that rendering is any sign of the building that will go next to the convention center, there will be absolutely nothing "Bold" about it. It is a squatty, plain, boring warehouse for people to sleep. And we were led to believe that Omni wanted to become a top-tier brand. Not with this proposal. After saying they would spend $260 million, it looks like the Omni is trying to get off cheap. They should put their money where their mouths are.

By: JeffF on 10/18/10 at 9:14

Omni is ranked 10 out of 12 for "premium" brands. They are far from "top-tier". To expect a aesthetically pleasing structure that ranks 4 spots behind Crown Plaza was asking too much.

By: producer2 on 10/18/10 at 10:20

please name your source or is this business as usual....

By: producer2 on 10/18/10 at 10:24

here is the most recent info on the web:
IRVING, TX (July 27, 2010) — Omni Hotels & Resorts ranked highest among 15 upscale hotel brands, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM released today. This marks the company’s fourth time as the top hotel in the segment as the brand first earned the highest ranking in 2000 and also took top honors in 2005 and 2006.

Here is another from Travel and Leisure:
Six Omni Hotels Named to Travel + Leisure's 2009 World's Best Awards List
IRVING, TX (July 15, 2009) — Six Omni Hotels have earned high rankings in Travel + Leisure’s annual 2009 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey in the Large City Hotels in the Continental US and Canada category and the Small City Hotels in the Continental US and Canada category. The awards announced Friday are on travelandleisure.com./worldsbest, and will be featured in the August issue of Travel + Leisure hitting newsstands July 24th.

JeffF, you are the loser not Omni...

By: Archit on 10/20/10 at 10:00

This building is not only dull it is also massive, if you notice the second part of the "L" is cleverly downplayed. This building will be the most prominate structure for those approaching our city from the south. It is pretty much all they will see.