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Tennessee Mid-Century Modern Buildings (page 1)

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Sunsphere
Knoxville, TN
Sheraton Hotel
Nashville, TN
White Station Tower
Memphis, TN
The Sunsphere was constructed in 1982 which is too late to be considered mid-century but I'll include it here anyway. The sphere is 74 feet in diamter and mounted on a 266 foot tall tower. It was created for the 1982 World's Fair. The globe was used as a restaurant and observation deck. The restaurant is now gone. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Sheraton Hotel was built in 1975 as a Holiday Inn. The revolving restaurant on top of the building closed in 2000. It is rented out for special events. For more, see this website. [map]

The 24-story White Station Tower was built in 1965. It was also known as the UP Building (Union Planters Bank). In 2006, the building changed ownership and the rooftop signage was replaced with the giant "i" for the Independent Bank. The round, rooftop restaurant originally revolved. I believe it is now used for office space. For more, see this website. [map]

NewsChannel 5
Nashville, TN
This NewsChannel 5 building was constructed in 1968. The station was then known as WLAC-TV. The name was changed to WTVF-TV in 1975. [map]

Sears Crosstown Parking Garage
Memphis, TN
This Sears Crosstown Parking Garage appears to be from the 1960s or 1970s. The Sears Crosstown store in the background was built in 1927. It closed in 1983 and I don't believe this structure has been used since then either. [map]

Cossitt Public Library
Memphis, TN
The Cossitt Public Library was built in 1959 and retains its original building features inside and out. The architect was Walk C. Jones, Jr. The aluminum louvers were originally painted blue while the terra cotta screen wall on the side of the building was painted yellow. I don't believe the louvers ever moved at all. The reflecting pool, no longer used, once had vertical jets that shot four colored streams of water towards the sky. [map]

Sam C. Phillips Recording Studio
Memphis, TN
The Sam C. Phillips Recording Studio opened here in 1960. The building had previously housed a Midas Muffler shop and Hart's Bakery. The interior was gutted to created recording studios and offices. The exterior was apparently remodeled at that time, too. [map]

College of Art
Memphis, TN
The Memphis College of Art was originally known as the Memphis Academy of Arts. It was designed by William Mann and Roy Harrover and built in 1956. [map]

Fire Station #2
Memphis, TN
The Memphis Fire Station #2 appears to be mid-century modern. It features a round building attached to a more conventional rectilinear building with bays for the fire engines. [map]