Tuesday, July 01, 2003
Nashville Pics

Okay, so I took a few more pictures while in Nashville than while in Memphis.

That's just how it worked out. My conference was in downtown Nashville. Simultaneously, the NHL was there having their draft at the Gaylord Entertainment Center, and the sheriffs were over at the kinda-sorta-slightly over-the-top Opryland Hotel.

Yes, the thought of doing a Hunter S. Thompson and dropping in on the sheriffs was there. Hey, it's the thought that counts.

The L and C tower was Nashville's first skyscraper. I think it's a Skidmore Merill Owens steel-and-glass mid/late 1950's classic. It was Nashville's only skyscraper until the late 1960s, when National Life built their slightly-taller substantially-uglier (well, nondescript, at least) tower.

Bellsouth put up the Batman Building sometime in the late 80s or early 90s. Not nondescript.

The aforementioned Gaylord Entertainment Center.

Lower Broadway. It's really nice the way they've preserved this area as it was, even as the downtown area changes, grows, and modernizes.

World Famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge. It was 11:00 a.m. in the morning, and there was somebody who was hoping to be a country-music star performing on the little stage just inside the door to the right.

Three Nashville icons: Tootsies, the Ryman Auditorium (roof), and the L and C Tower.

The Wheel was an adult bookstore/peepshow for years, but apparently it's now a Mexican restaurant.

Finally, a not-quite-right composite of the Ryman Auditorium. When they built the convention center downtown, they built too close to the street, so you can't get back far enough to take a decent face-on picture of the Ryman. It's a shame.