William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower

It is neither the tallest skyscraper in Nashville nor the most recognizable one. Its quality is of a different sort. The rhythmic fenestration, the impeccable series of white pilaster ribs following the full height of the building, its unbroken, cubic form. All of these remind us that integrity and clarity bring out the good design. Less is more!

The designer was probably one of the proponents of the modern architectural style, glorifying simplicity, visible structure and utilitarian doctrine that form follows function. He also might have had in mind, that the size of the building already shadows the nearby Tennessee State Capitol and that anything else but the simple background might be a visual challenge. This way, the contrast highlights the best of both.

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