Thursday, January 3, 2013

Tallest Building in Tennessee

Nicknamed the ‘Batman Building’ for its dark façade and the positioning of its twin spires, Nashville’s AT&T Building stands 617 feet tall. Construction on the 33 story postmodern skyscraper began in 1991 and was completed in 1994. The main roof of the tower features a communications dish which is covered with a tri-star design. This was inspired by the volunteer symbol on the state flag of Tennessee. 

The building is located at 333 Commerce Street on a 2.7 acre property. It is an office tower with the capacity to accommodate 2000 workers. The foyer contains a three story winter garden atrium.

The tower was designed for South Central Bell, which later became BellSouth Telecommunications, and finally AT&T. It was purchased by Prefco XIV for $100.8 million, and until 2006, the telephone company was the sole occupant of the building. Local TV station WTVF Channel 5 has two video cameras in the western spire that are used to provide views of Nashville to help cover news events. The AT&T Building was named one of the 12 most original office buildings in the world by the French online business journal Le Journal du Net.

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