State preps to sell crumbling, architecturally notable building on Charlotte Avenue

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 5:47pm

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.

5 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 10/5/11 at 6:27

Junk building and eyesore that needs to be either used or sold.
Look out for HCA to wind up with another bargain property convenient
to their ever growing complex out there!

By: BigPapa on 10/5/11 at 12:46

Its a pretty cool looking building. Im sure someone with money and a eye for redevelopment can do something productive with it.

I wish the State of TN and Metro would do a better job of selling off properties they no longer use or need OR even properties that would bring a wind fall to the city.

They should sell the property that Hillsboro HS sits on. That's a freakin gold mine, way to valuable property to be used for a school.

By: Dorothy12568 on 10/5/11 at 9:08

Tear it down!

By: ACitizen on 10/6/11 at 10:18

A Citizen Tear it down. It's one of the uglier 20th century buildings I've seen. So it has some Crab Orchard stone on the facade, which I think looks terrible with the red brick. Tear it down!

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