Nashville's Skyscrapers Walking Tour (Self Guided), Nashville

Alongside different antique style buildings, Nashville's skyscrapers fit in well with the city's architectural landscape. The best evidence of this is the breathtaking view from the top floor of a skyscraper. This tour highlights some of the most interesting buildings in the city.
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Nashville's Skyscrapers Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Nashville's Skyscrapers Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Nashville (See other walking tours in Nashville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: mary
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Regions Center
  • James K. Polk State Office Building
  • William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
  • Nashville Sheraton Hotel
  • Nashville City Center
  • Renaissance Nashville Hotel
  • Fifth Third Center
  • Viridian Tower
  • Life & Casualty Tower
  • One Nashville Place
  • AT&T Building
  • Pinnacle at Symphony Place
Regions Center

1) Regions Center

Regions Center is a 108-meter (354-foot), 28-story skyscraper at 315 Deaderick Street.

It is the Tennessee headquarters of Regions Financial Corporation. It was completed in 1974. The building was originally called the First American Center but the name was changed when First American National Bank merged with AmSouth Bank. A major renovation of the building's ground-level exterior followed the name change. The name then changed again to Regions Center when AmSouth merged with Regions.

The building serves as the Tennessee headquarters and a branch office for Birmingham, Alabama-based Regions Bank. It is also home to many non-related businesses who lease space in the upper floors. It was once the main office and headquarters of First American National Bank. AmSouth acquired the slightly larger First American National Corporation in 2000 after the latter involved itself in several unprofitable mergers. On May 25, 2006, AmSouth announced it is merging with Regions Financial. It is unknown at this time what the new company's presence will be in the building.

A relatively small parking garage is located beneath the building exclusively for the benefit of customers visiting the bank's branch. The site received national attention in 1971 when remains of a saber-toothed tiger were discovered during excavation of the property.

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James K. Polk State Office Building

2) James K. Polk State Office Building

The James K. Polk State Office Building is a 24-story, 392-foot (119 m) building in Nashville. Completed in 1981, the building was constructed on the site of the Andrew Jackson Hotel and is home to offices for state employees, the Tennessee State Museum, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

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William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower

3) William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower

The William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, or Tennessee Tower, is a skyscraper in downtown Nashville, that houses Tennessee government offices. The tower was built for the National Life and Accident Insurance Company and served as its National Life Center until the State of Tennessee acquired it on January 3, 1994. Over 1000 state employees who had been assigned to numerous locations now work in the building.

The building is named in honor of William R. Snodgrass, a career public servant who served as Tennessee's Comptroller of the Treasury from 1955 till 1999.

The tower was struck by lightning on August 31, 2003, which caused a firepump to turn on the sprinkler system. This caused flooding and extensive damage to the elevator shafts.

Prior to being purchased by the state, the building was used to display messages by turning on lights in the windows on the front of the building. After being dormant for 10 years a new message - "Peace" was displayed on December 17, 2007.

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Nashville Sheraton Hotel

4) Nashville Sheraton Hotel

Nashville Sheraton Hotel is a 27-story, 300-foot tall skyscraper in downtown Nashville. It is a handsome atrium style hotel of noble design. Built in 1975, it is located within a walking distance of the Convention Center, the Gaylord Entertainment Center and LP Field, the home of the Titans.
Nashville City Center

5) Nashville City Center

Nashville City Center is a 27 story office tower that was designed by Hugh Stubbins, architect for the Citigroup Center in New York City. In August 2008, the tower was sold to Miami-based Parmenter Realty Partners for $84 million opening up the possibility the second phase of this project, Nashville City Center II, would begin. Tenants include First Tennessee bank and the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts.

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Renaissance Nashville Hotel

6) Renaissance Nashville Hotel

The Renaissance Nashville Hotel, located at Commerce Street, is 385 feet high with 35 floors. The hotel is physically connected to the Nashville Convention Center and is its anchor hotel. It contains 649 rooms, 24 suites, 25 meeting rooms with 31,000 sq ft of meeting space, and 2 concierge levels including a Starbucks coffee shop, 2 lounges, and a full service restaurant. One of the lounges is located in an enclosed bridge walkway, spanning above Commerce Street, which connects the hotel to a parking garage across the street. This walkway was severely damaged during a 1998 tornado in downtown Nashville.

In addition to being a hotel, the building also contains office space in its top 6 floors, this portion being known as the Renaissance Office Tower. These office suites are serviced by a separate bank of elevators accessible on the second floor. The hotel was originally named the Stouffer Hotel, prior to the Marriott acquisition of the Stouffer Corp.

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Fifth Third Center

7) Fifth Third Center

The Fifth Third Center is a 31-story, 490-foot-tall (150 m) skyscraper. It was constructed in 1986 and is located on Church Street and Fifth Avenue North. It was the tallest building in both Nashville and Tennessee for eight years, until it was surpassed by the AT&T Building in 1994. It serves as the home to Fifth Third Bank's Nashville headquarters.

The tower was designed as the Third National Corporation headquarters, and originally called Third National Financial Center. After the acquisition of Third National by SunTrust, the tower became known as SunTrust Center until 2004, when the naming rights were given up due to SunTrust's plans to move to the upcoming SunTrust Plaza.

This site was also home to the First Masonic Hall, designed in 1818. The structure burned in 1856, and was also rebuilt as a Masonic Hall, which was used during the American Civil War as a hospital supply store by Federal troops. This new structure also included a theater known as "the Masonic" and "the Grand". The Masonic/Grand Theater was vacated for theatrical purposes in 1914 and the property was sold in 1915 to Joe Fensterwald, who demolished it and erected the steel and concrete building that was to house Burk and Company.

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Viridian Tower

8) Viridian Tower

The Viridian Tower in Nashville was built in 2006 for residential use. The skyscraper stands 378 feet tall and has 31 floors. Its main features include a rooftop pool, fitness center and a grocery on the bottom floor. It received the Project of the Year Award by the Urban Land Institute in 2007.
Life & Casualty Tower

9) Life & Casualty Tower

The Life & Casualty Tower is a skyscraper in Nashville, Tennessee located at 401 Church Street. It stands 152.5 meters (409 ft) and has 30 floors. It was designed by Edwin Keeble, with structural engineering made by Ross Bryan Associates, and was finished in 1957. It was Nashville's first skyscraper and the tallest in Tennessee until 1965, when 100 North Main Street in Memphis surpassed it.

Exterior materials are limestone, granite, and bright green glass windows. Intersecting curves and angles at the building's base focus attention on the entrance, which angles out to the corner of Church Street and 4th Avenue. In the building's early days, the L&C sign at its apex functioned as a weather beacon, changing color to indicate the weather forecast.

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One Nashville Place

10) One Nashville Place

One Nashville Place, also known as US Bank Tower, is a skyscraper located on Fourth Avenue and Commerce Street. Completed in 1985, this 359-ft. octagonal building with dark glass exterior has 23 floors. It has been given the nickname R2D2 by the people of Nashville after the character in the Star Wars movies. It is currently the ninth tallest building in Nashville.

The top of the building currently features the signage of US Bank, the building's largest tenant. Through the series of acquisitions that led to US Bank's current ownership of the lease, several other now-retired banks have seen their logos at the top, including Dominion Bank (acquired by First Union), First Union (which sold its presence in Nashville to Firstar), and Firstar (which acquired, and later became, US Bank).

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AT&T Building

11) AT&T Building

The AT&T Building is a 617 ft (188 m), 33-story skyscraper completed in August 1994. The structure is designed as an office tower capable of housing 2,000 workers and as of 2008 is occupied by two companies. It is currently the tallest building in the state of Tennessee. The building sits on 2.7 acres (11,000 m2) of property on Commerce St between 3rd and 4th Avenues North, and has a footprint of 1⅔ city blocks. It features a three-story winter garden atrium as its foyer and has a nine-story underground parking garage with 1,300 vehicle capacity. Its distinctive design and dark coloration have earned it the nickname "Batman Building", due to its resemblance to the mask of superhero character Batman.

After completion in 1994, the AT&T Building was purchased by Prefco XIV L.P., a limited partnership of the Pitney Bowes Real Estate Financing Corp, for US$100.8 million. Ownership of the building was transferred to Cerberus Capital Management subsidiary EntreCap Financial in July 2006 after Cerberus acquired Prefco. The building was immediately placed back on the market for resell, and in mid-2007 was sold to MTL Leasing LLC for an undisclosed sum. AT&T, previously BellSouth Telecommunications and before that South Central Bell, has operated its Tennessee headquarters out of the building since it was opened in 1994. Prior to 2006, it was the sole occupant of the building, and now occupies approximately 500,000 sq ft (46,000 m2) of office space. AT&T holds a 23.5 year lease which ends January 2020.

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Pinnacle at Symphony Place

12) Pinnacle at Symphony Place

The Pinnacle at Symphony Place is a 29 story, office and retail skyscraper located in Nashville, Tennessee, in the city's SoBro (South of Broadway) district. Located adjacent to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the building officially opened on February 10, 2010. The building includes 520,000 square feet (48,000 m2) of Class A office space and 23,000 square feet (2,100 m2) of retail space.

The Pinnacle is home to Nashville law firms Bass, Berry & Sims and Sherrard & Roe, and Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners. It is the first office tower in downtown Nashville to gain Gold LEED Certification due to its energy-efficient design. The building features a one-acre green roof terrace garden over the parking garage and other environmentally-friendly amenities. The tower was designed by Pickard Chilton & Associates of New Haven, Connecticut, and Everton Oglesby of Nashville. According to architect Jon Pickard, the tower's exterior design "takes its inspiration from the timeless design of classic skyscrapers."

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