Layman Drug Company has been a fixture in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood for almost 130 years. The original structure was built in the late 1890s and at times served as a pharmacy and as a private residence. As a part of the fabric of Music City, the structure has had its brushes with the music industry. Former employees tell tales of Johnny Cash visiting the pharmacy. The building was also featured on the cover of Dion’s Velvet and Steel album. The building’s ties to the music industry will become even stronger as its owner, Will Greig, oversees its transition to a high end recording studio.
Balancing the building’s historic character with modern functionality has been a priority for the design. While much of the building’s exterior has remained the same, the façade was rebuilt to match its former glory and to allow the structure to remain recognizable to a neighborhood that lives in a city of continual change. To accommodate its new function as a recording studio, the interior of the building has undergone significant modernization. Design elements such as 3D ceramic tiles, acoustical panels, acoustically rated assemblies, and color temperature adjustable lighting have all been incorporated.