Nashville, TN 37202
Title of the artwork: “Portrait Bust of Admiral Albert Gleaves”
Artists: Belle Kinney
Type: Portrait Bust
UPDATE!! January 2015
Prior to arriving in Nashville I had learned the was a portrait bust that was once located here. At the time my sources mentioned it was in the courthouse and other’s mentioned it may be in the side entrance of this building where their post office window is. So naturally I had to find out. However, the post office was closed on the Sunday when I arrived. Since my other sources mentioned the court-house we drove over there, but once again because it was a Sunday the court-house was closed.
Fast forward to December and I was able to visit again. This time it was a weekday and the court-house was opened. I decided NOT to head to the post office at the Frist Center but to just head over to the court-house. So I parked my car and feed the parking meter and headed up the ton of stairs that lead up not only to the court-house but also since I was below the court-yard there was another ton of stairs just to get to the court-yard and parking lot around the building.
Exhausted already I went inside and was greeted by a nice security guard that told me I needed a photo id in order to enter the building. I have it right here I said as I was reaching for my pocket. Wait, crap I don’t have my wallet with me. “The security guard” I’m sorry you need a photo id in order to enter the building.
So I left and ran down all the stairs, went to my card grabbed my wallet and stormed up the stairs again. This time much more slowly, damn I’m really out of shape. By the time I got to the entrance with the security guard I was soaking wet from the perspiration and running up the stairs.
I found the Portrait bust on the second floor stair landing in the court-house. Since I needed a break, I casually took my photos and took a look around the building. I was completely amazed at all the art work and history in this building. It really is pretty cool to visit the court-rooms and chambers.
The Portrait bust of Albert Gleaves is now located in the Nashville Court-house.
***Original Post below***
I had not planned on stopping here in September of 2014, but since we were driving right through Nashville, we decided to stop, and I’m glad we did. Since I’ve started visiting post offices, I’ve become really good at spotting the buildings I’m looking for. So you can imagine my excitement when I first saw this massive building on Broadway. It truly is an impressive building and I’m equally impressed the Center for Visual Arts has re-purposed this building so beautifully.
The building was converted to the Frist Center For The Visual Arts a number of years ago. The post office does occupy a small retail counter on the side of the building. The address still appears on the USPS website. So that makes this article a bit more challenging to write. If you notice, I have two categories of classifying buildings. One is for “Former Post Offices” and another category for “Current” Post Office. I’m including both categories for the Nashville post office.
I love this building and took a lot of photographs of the exterior and interior. Since it was free to go inside the lobby and gift store I roamed around admiring the impressive lobby, the old metal doors, the decorative metal squares of various subject. There is so much to see and so much detail I was really delighted we took the time to take it all in.
What impressed me even more is that the gift store sells a book (affiliate link): From Post Office to Art Center: A Nashville Landmark in Transition
It talks about the Art Centers purchase of the historic building and converting it to the art center it is today. A recommended read if you are at all interested in this beautiful old building.
Thanks for stopping by
“Used with the permission of the United States Postal Service® and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. All rights reserved.”
- Personal visit on 9/14/2014 and 12/23/2014 by David, Post Office Freak
- (affiliate link) Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal: [Hardcover] Marlene Park, Gerald E. Markowitz
- Frist Center Online (http://fristcenter.org)
- (affiliate link): From Post Office to Art Center: A Nashville Landmark in Transition
- (affiliate link): Tennessee Post Office Murals: Howard Hull