Homekey LifeMoves | Mountain View – ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Winner
Learn more about 2022 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist, Homekey Mountain View (Mountain View, CA).
May 11, 2022
Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Developers: 225 Polk Avenue Partners
Designers: HASTINGS Architecture
Site Size: 0.73 Acres
255 Polk is a repositioning of Nashville’s former main Public Library building as LEED Gold certified creative office space designed by HASTINGS.
The redevelopment of 225 Polk was visionary in its aspirations for a forgotten neighborhood and innovative in the owners’ approach to partnerships that enabled the private acquisition of a public property for the continued preservation of this landmark building.
After the Nashville Public Library relocated in 2001, this 42,000 SF building remained mostly dormant until 2017 when it was purchased from the city and the heirs of the original landowners. In a state of disrepair, the 55-year-old New Formalist building required an extensive restoration including significant façade repair, a complete replacement of all building systems, and the introduction of efficient new technologies.
The spirit of the former library auditorium remains intact with The Athenaeum—a community room located directly off the building’s main lobby that is accessible to the public and intended for use by the city, community organizations, and non-profit groups.
Today, 225 Polk stands newly restored and thriving as a creative hub, home to HASTINGS — the nationally recognized architecture and interior design firm that restored it — top-tier residential architecture firm McAlpine, and the Nashville office of United Talent Agency. Beyond the 140 creatives who work at 225 Polk every day, the preservation of this architectural gem is both a point of pride and a new resource for the city.
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