One of Nashville's most distinctive mid-20th century buildings will soon be for sale, with its future very uncertain.
Located at 2204 Charlotte Ave. in Midtown and once home to the Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works (a precursor to the Tennessee Department of Transportation), the 1950s-era governmental structure has sat largely unused for years. A fenced-in back portion of the property houses the state’s motor vehicle management operations.
“We've had some preliminary work done, but it's not ‘on the market’ yet,” said Lola Potter, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration. “We hope to be in a position to accept sealed bids on the property by late November.”
Potter said the state owns the entire block on the north side of Charlotte between 22nd and 23rd avenues. The block's assessed value reportedly is almost $3.4 million.
The building — one of the city’s better examples of modern architecture — housed the highways department from 1952 until the 1990s. Renovating the structure, the exterior of which is highlighted by crab orchard stone, would be cost-prohibitive for the state, Potter said.
In September 2010, Historic Nashville Inc. listed the building among eight other “endangered” structures in Davidson County.
To see a photo of the building, visit this site.