Rebuilding AT&T’s façade and keeping history alive
As part of ongoing plans for revitalization of Second Avenue and reconstruction of buildings affected by the 2020 Christmas Day bombing, ESa led a team to scan all of Second, First and Third Avenue for the City.
ESa architects and principal, Ron Lustig, and senior design manager, Lee Davis, joined a team of architects including Cyril Stewart and Kem Hinton to create an aluminum-etching mural of local artist Phil Ponder’s “Market Street Too” that will be put in place on AT&T’s rebuilt facility. The etching will stretch for nearly a block.
Ponder’s original artwork of “Market Street Too” was created in 1990 and the murals ghost image is intended to reflect the original Victorian facades of the street. The recladding is set to be finished early 2023.
ESa and Lustig were on the original team for the design of the historic AT&T Tennessee Headquarters. More than 20 years after its completion, the AT&T building is still the tallest building in Tennessee. The distinctive structure dominates Nashville’s skyline and occupies one-and-two-thirds of a city block while including a two-story economic development center, an 8,000 square foot enclosed winter garden, and a nine-story, 1,308-space underground parking garage. The design and function of the 630.50-foot-high glass and red granite based building distinguishes Nashville as a center for high-tech communications.