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by susan alsup
April 14, 2005
From journal Out of Country, Out of Music in Nashville
October 26, 2004
There are also programs for children and adults. There will be an adult photography class on Saturday, November 6 from 9:30am to 4pm and Sunday, November 7 from 1pm to 4pm, $45 for non-members. Fees include all materials. Led by photographer Carlton Wilkinson. This is just one of many offerings.
Even if the exhibits don’t interest you, the building should. It is one of Nashville’s landmark treasures. Originally the main post office, it was designed by the local firm of Marr and Holman in the 1930s. The exterior of the building is done in gray-pink granite and is an example of stripped classicism; this was the prevalent style of public building after the Depression. Inside, it is pure Art Deco, with cast-aluminum doors and grillwork paired with colored marble on the floor and walls.
In 1984, the Post Office was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. That didn’t help it when a new main postal distribution center was built in 1986. For many years, most of the space went unused, until Dr. Thomas Frist proposed turning the building into a visual arts center. Metropolitan Nashville purchased the building, and with the help of Dr. Frist and the Frist Foundation, and the guidance of Tuck Hinton Architects, renovations were undertaken. Their aim was to preserve as much of its architectural integrity as possible.
They have succeeded beautifully. This is a splendid building with beautiful detail. Take a walk in and look it over, and while you are there, make sure that you visit their store. It is one of the best I have ever visited, and I have visited a lot of them.
To find out what will be showing during your stay, visit their website at www.fristcenter.org
From journal Nashville- City of Dreams