Scientology And Me

June 7, 2010

Scientology Renovations in Nashville: Design and Consulting Firm wins Award

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Church of Scientology & Celebrity Centre, Nashville, Tenn

Gresham, Smith and Partners of Nashville, Tennessee, received two Metropolitan Historic Commission Preservation Awards May 12.  The following is an excerpt from the story published on their website:

Nashville, Tenn.—May 19, 2010—Gresham, Smith and Partners, a leading multi-disciplinary design and consulting firm to the built environment, is pleased to announce it was recognized with two awards in the 35th Annual Metropolitan Historic Commission Preservation Awards.  Design renovations and conversion of Nashville’s American Trust Building into Hotel Indigo were awarded in the Commercial Buildings category. Renovation of the Fall School Building on behalf of the Church of Scientology was honored in the Religious Buildings category. The awards ceremony was held on May 11 to coincide with National Preservation Month being celebrated this month.

“Both of these buildings recognized by the Historical Commission have played a significant role in both the business and architectural history of Nashville,” commented Patrick Gilbert, AIA, principal at Gresham, Smith and Partners.  “We are honored that we had an opportunity to work with the owners and developers to preserve the structures for future use.  Each building posed a unique set of challenges, but through thoughtful consideration of the existing structures and materials our design teams were able to develop innovative solutions which incorporate them towards their new, modern uses.”

Chapel at the Nashville Scientology Church

The Fall School Building, originally built in 1898, is the Church of Scientology’s new home in Nashville.  The only nineteenth century school building remaining from the pre-Metro Government school system, the building is an attractive example of post-Victorian architecture.  The Church purchased the building in 2008 and through renovation efforts many of its original features were preserved, including the hardwood floors, doors and stairwells and eight solid wood pillars capped with iron that support a central three-story atrium.  This renovation enables the building to appear much as it did in 1898, be made available for contemporary use while preserving a great piece of Nashville history.

“The Church of Scientology is pleased to occupy a building that is such a meaningful part of Nashville’s architectural history,” commented Reverend Brian Fesler, Church of Scientology & Celebrity Centre of Nashville.  “In addition to the specific design elements involved in the recent renovation, the Church has restored the facility to its original purpose as a place for people to come together for learning and enlightenment.”

For more information on Gresham, Smith and Partners visit their website at www.gspnet.com.  For more information on newly opened Scientology churches visit www.scientology.org/churches/churches-of-scientology.html.

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