Wednesday, July 25
This tour is limited to 23 participants – 2 HSW/LU. There is an additional fee and you MUST be registered for the conference to participate.
In the 1970’s and 80’s Main Street Franklin looked just like most of the small towns across Tennessee. Aluminum “slipcovers” concealed the rich architecture of the original buildings and the broken sidewalks were covered with aluminum canopies. Many stores were vacant and several were not the shops you would take your wife or family. Today, Franklin is one of the national models of small town, Main Street revitalization. It’s a real story of how design and selection of retail mix can propel a town to become a highly desirable destination.
Join Cyril Stewart, AIA, as he leads you on the tour via the shuttle including:
- A drive by of the Carter House, the epicenter of the battle of Franklin and a great example of an interpretative historic home museum and experience.
- Driving tour down Main Street
- Tour of the Old, Old Jail, an adaptive reuse of a 1942 jail into a center for historic preservation. While at the “Big House” participants will hear a presentation of the Harpeth Square project, a four+ diamond, 119 key Curio Hilton Hotel and restaurant; 150 Leased Residences; 15,000 sf of retail/restaurant space; 3,600 sf of office space and a 597-space, five-story parking garage.
Walking tour of downtown Franklin including:
- Harpeth Square site
- The Masonic Hall of Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 7 is a historic Gothic revival building on South 2nd Avenue in Franklin, Tennessee. Constructed in 1823, it is the oldest public building in Franklin. It is nationally significant as the site of negotiations leading to the Treaty of Franklin, the first Indian removal treaty agreed after passage of the 1830 Indian Removal Act. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.
- The historic town square
- Retail shops along the revitalized Main Street
- The Franklin Theatre, a 1937 Art Deco historic theatre that is the jewel of Main Street