For this home, Nick drew inspiration from the tumultuous history of the site including its position as the center of the Civil War Battle of Nashville. The resulting home is both hyper-traditional and contemporary, an organic compound that rose from the derelict state of the site that muddles and blurs the lines between interior and exterior and generates maximum connectivity to the landscape. Nick designed the single level home with a traditional material palette: limestone, slate, zinc and stucco inspired by ancient ruins, cathedrals and castles. The contemporary elements are found within the “connective tissues” of the home - lending modern transparency to a glass and steel corridor that links together the four solid forms inspired by primitive huts of the design.
Nick has completed work at the Tyne Boulevard Residence twice; first in 2000 as a new home while working with EOA, and then in 2017 when the home was purchased by its current owners. The house was brought back to life and modernized for the young couple when Dryden resurrected his own initial sketches as a starting point for version 2.0. Concrete tile replaced travertine; more transparency was created with the addition of expansive steel windows and doors, the kitchen was opened up to lead to the courtyard; and the main entryway was reoriented, imparting an “art gallery” feel to the corridor.
This extraordinary property is unforgettable, beginning with the home’s intriguing history, the initial owner’s willingness to take a chance on his young perspective, and the rare opportunity to give it yet another life.