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Nashville historic preservationists want the Sullivan Tower that’s within the footprint of the Nashville Yards project on the former LifeWay Christian Resources campus preserved.
But a representative for San Diego-based developer Southwest Value Partners said that wasn’t in the plans because the building has undergone significant changes to the facade and extensive renovations since being built and isn’t on the National Register of Historic Places. “There’s no indication it’s even been considered for historical designation,” said attorney Charles Robert Bone, who’s providing legal representation.
The Metro Historical Commission, however, considers the Sullivan Tower eligible for the National Register. “We think it should be remained and rehabbed as a part of any development of that greater site,” said Tim Walker, executive director of that agency.
Kim Hawkins, a local landscape architect on the Nashville Yards development team, said she’s seen no records of the Sullivan Tower being national registered, national register-eligible or worthy of conservation in Metro’s Subarea Nine and Downtown Code documents from 1991 through 2007.
“The fact that they’re going to preserve the Frost Building is reflective of them respecting the history of the site and authenticity of Nashville,” Bone said about Southwest Value’s plans to keep the former Baptist Sunday School Board building, which was built in 1913 and is on the National Register.
Research technology and service company 20/20 leases the Frost Building at 161 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. LifeWay currently leases the Sullivan Tower at 127 Ninth Ave. N.
Southwest Value said The Nashville Yards name of its mixed-use development pays homage to the location’s history in serving as a brick yard, marble yard, lumber yard and rail yard and also being a hub for commercial and travel in Nashville for decades.
Robbie Jones is aboard member of preservationist group Historic Nashville Inc., which included the 15-acre former LifeWay campus on its 2015 Nashville Nine list of the city’s most endangered historic places with a focus on Sullivan Tower and the Frost Building.
“It’s a very rare example of an art deco-style office tower in Nashville,” Jones said about Sullivan Tower. “That’s why it’s worthy of preservation. It’s disingenuous to claim you’re honoring the city’s history while simultaneously demolishing a historic landmark.”
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