Old properties made new again honored by historical commission

Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 11:51pm
Staff Reports

An historic log home, the city cemetery, the House and Senate chambers at the state capitol and the Grand Lodge of Tennessee all share similar honors, along with more than a dozen other area properties. Each has been awarded for outstanding preservation efforts by The Metropolitan Historical Commission.

To celebrate the commission’s 34th Preservation Awards program on May 21 at the Nashville Public Library downtown, 15 properties received awards and five received honorable mentions.

Mayor Karl Dean also presented a proclamation recognizing May as National Preservation Month, and Historic Nashville, Inc. hosted a reception honoring all participants after the awards presentation.

In the commercial category, 306 Broadway received an award for its restored façade and storefront. The Liggett Building, located at 200 Second Avenue South, and Baron + Dowdle Construction, LLC, in the Old Ezell-Shriver Home at 652 Old Ezell Road, are examples of the adaptive use of a warehouse and a historic house into commercial office buildings.

The ENO Building (“East Nashville Original”) at 1008-1012 Fatherland Street in East End once faced certain demolition. Renovations to The Grand Lodge of Tennessee, Free and Accepted Masons, at 100 Seventh Avenue North, included updating the building to meet modern-day needs for comfort, safety, and accessibility.

In the residential category, the judges recognized 3522 Gillespie Avenue for the remarkable transformation of a property once declared unfit for human habitation.

Restoration of the Butterworth-Ockerman House at 205 South Twelfth Street returned this one-time apartment house into a single-family residence. The residence at 2223 White Avenue received an award for its meticulous restoration, and the judges awarded the Krumwiede Residence at 2500 Belmont Boulevard and the Baucom-Spurgeon Residence 243 Lauderdale Road for their sensitive additions.

The Forkum Residence at 1507 Dallas Avenue received an honorable mention for its restored front porch and new rear addition. Residences at 914 West Eastland Avenue and 2522 Fairfax Avenue received honorable mentions for their renovations.

In the infill category, two new residential developments received awards.

MC3 @ Martin Corner is the third phase of a redevelopment project at Russell Street and South Eleventh Street and demonstrates the successful use of contemporary design in a historic context. Houses in the neo-traditional neighborhood of Cherokee Crossing, located at Westlawn Avenue and Cherokee Station Drive, reflect traditional styles found in adjacent neighborhoods, but feature modern amenities and floor plans. The new residence at 1017 Warren Street is complements the Hope Gardens neighborhood, but clearly reflects its modern construction.

The Klamann-Slade Residence at 705 Setliff Place and the residence at 112B Mockingbird Road received honorable mentions.

In the educational and institutional category, the judges gave a Preservation Award to the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation for The Hodge House in Warner Parks for the outstanding reconstruction of this historic log home. The project involved meticulous research and documentation.

The Tennessee State Capitol received an award for restorations to the Senate and House chambers, which included cleaning the limestone walls and plaster ceilings. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Tennessee State Capitol building, which was completed in 1859.

The Metropolitan Historical Commission honored the Nashville City Cemetery Association with its Commissioners' Award for the group’s dedication to the preservation, restoration, and promotion of the Nashville City Cemetery.

The Commission presented Achievement Awards, given to individuals who have contributed greatly to the community's knowledge and appreciation of local history and historic resources, to Dr. Bobby L. Lovett, historian and former member of the Metropolitan Historical Commission, and Mrs. Carol Kaplan, long-time librarian with the Nashville Room and advocate for cemetery preservation.

Judges for the 2009 Preservation Awards were Doug Berry, attorney with Hubbard, Berry & Harris, PLLC, and Metropolitan Historical Commission Board Member; Adriane Bond Harris, Development Specialist with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA); and David Price, Architectural Historian with New South Associates, and Board President of Historic Nashville, Inc.