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