Tennessee Executive Residence
Scope: Original Design, Renovation
Location: Nashville, TN
Services: Architectural, Engineering
Commonly referred to as the Governor’s Mansion since the State’s purchase in 1949, the Tennessee Executive Residence was originally designed by Russell E. Hart in 1931 as a private residence for William Ridley Wills, Vice president of National Life and Accident Insurance Company.
In 2003, Tennessee’s First Lady, Andrea Conte, spearheaded the first restoration of the residence in 70 years with the goal of ensuring that the work provided contemporary updates while preserving the historic integrity of the house and property. A design team of architects and structural and civil engineers from HFR Design were ultimately chosen for the detailed restoration of the residence that HFR founder Russell Hart had originally designed.
With the exhaustive restoration “to-do list” completed in April of 2008, the Tennessee Executive Residence was not only restored to its original grandeur, but in the process was updated with a state-of-the-art communications systems, new heating, air conditioning, wiring and lighting systems and a modernized kitchen. Handicap-accessibility issues were finally addressed with the addition of an exterior ramp at the entrance and an interior elevator. Restrooms were also made ADA compliant.
AWARD: LEED Certified for Commercial Interiors