When you drive down any interstate to and from Nashville, we can probably guess the first thing that catches your eye is the AT&T building towering over the cities skyline. The AT&T building stands at 617 feet and while not huge comparatively to other large American cities, it is the cities tallest building in Nashville and Tennessee. The second tallest is only 490 feet so the AT&T building is definitely a landmark of the city.
The 33-story skyscraper was completed in 1994. The building was built is designed as an office building to hold 2,000. The building sits on 2.7 acres on Commerce St between 3rd and 4th Avenues North in the heart of Nashville. Inside the foyer plays host to three-story winter garden atrium. Underneath the skyscraper, there is a 1,300 spot parking garage.
The building was designed by Richard Miller, the president of Earl Swensson Associates, an architectural firm. He was asked to do a signature piece and it paid off when the building was named “one of the 12 most original office buildings in the world” in a French business journal.
The building is was owned by Cerberus Capital Management but in 2007 was put up for resell and bought by MTL Leasing LLC. The AT&T building headquarters AT&T previously known as BellSouth Telecommunications. The company occupies 500,000 square feet of the building. Nissan North America occupies most of the other 12 stories.
The AT&T building has been dubbed unofficially the “Batman building” due to its resemblance to Batman’s ears on his mask. Rumors have circulated that the building will be used in the new Batman movie starring Ben Affleck. None of those rumors have been confirmed but it brings merit to this iconic Nashville staple!