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Signature Tower

Signature Tower
Signature Tower rendering
General information
Status Never built
Type Mixed use
Location 505 Church St
Nashville, Tennessee
United States
Cost US$250-370 million
Antenna spire 807 ft (246 m), originally 1,030 ft (314 m)
Technical details
Floor count 50, originally 70
Floor area 1,400,000 sq ft (130,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates
Developer Giarratana Development, LLC
Structural engineer Beaver Engineering (geotechnical)
Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin, Inc. (wind)
Main contractor Turner Construction

Signature Tower was a projected mixed-use skyscraper which had been approved for construction in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Groundbreaking was originally scheduled for 2007.[1] When completed, it was to contain condominiums, office space, a Kimpton-brand Hotel Palomar Nashville,[2] and retail space. The building was originally planned to have 70 stories[3] and stand 1,030 feet (314 m) in height.[4] That would have made it the tallest building in the Southern United States and the tallest building in the US outside of New York City and Chicago, surpassing Bank of America Plaza in Atlanta by 7 feet (2 m).[4][5] However, in December 2008, developer Tony Giarratana announced that the project would be downsized, due to the economic recession.[6] Giarratana stated that the number of condos would be reduced from around 600 to under 100, but the average condo size would more than double from an average of 1,500 square feet (140 m2) to 3,500 sq ft (330 m2). The height of the revised Signature Tower was to be 807 feet (246 m) and 50 stories.[7]

The Signature Tower was being developed by Giarratana LLC at an estimated cost of US$250 to 370 million.[4][8] The building's physical address would have been 505 Church Street,[9] on the southwest corner of Church and Fifth Avenue North,[3] which was for many years the location of a Cain-Sloan department store.[10] Giarratana announced on July 18, 2006 that it had slated Turner Construction Co. of New York to complete the project.[11]

Construction of the building was slated to begin once half of the 400 residential apartment units had been sold.[8] By late December 2007, 102 of the 400 units had been presold. When the plan was overhauled in December 2008, this timetable was revoked.[6]

The official website for Signature Tower was taken offline around December 2009. In November 2011, Giarratana announced that he was going to use the site to build a smaller, mixed use tower called 505 CST,[12] which was eventually redeveloped into a residential tower called 505.

See also


  1. ^ Williams, William (March 28, 2007). "Signature Tower sales center draws 500 visitors in Week 1". The City Paper. Retrieved July 8, 2007. 
  2. ^ Lawson, Richard; Wood, E Thomas (July 31, 2006). "Giarratana lands luxury hotel partner for Signature Tower". The Nashville Post. Retrieved July 8, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Williams, William (May 2, 2006). "Signature makes its mark". The City Paper. Retrieved July 8, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c Stinson, Jim (November 7, 2007). "Permits pulled for Giarratana's Signature". Nashville Business Journal. Retrieved November 8, 2007. 
  5. ^ Woods, Walter (May 14, 2006). "Skyline Wars". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 
  6. ^ a b "Signature Tower Won't Be 70 Stories". Associated Press via December 3, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ Burns, Jenny (May 1, 2009). "Signature Tower drops size, scope". Nashville Business Journal. Retrieved June 24, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Signature Tower Excavation to Begin This Month". July 10, 2007. Retrieved July 12, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Giarratana Signature Tower". Archived from the original on July 9, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Giarratana Named Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year by Kiwanis Club of Nashville" (PDF). (Press release). June 15, 2006. Retrieved August 7, 2007. 
  11. ^ Sisk, Chas (July 19, 2006). "N.Y. firm to build Signature Tower". The Tennessean. 
  12. ^ Williams, William (November 3, 2011). "Giarratana unveils trio of proposed skyscrapers". Nashville Post. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 

External links

  • Signature Tower website
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