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Project Experience

Frist Center for the Visual Arts


The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a unique new facility that Lord Cultural Resources planned from the outset for The Frist Foundation and the City of Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1995, Lord Cultural Resources was engaged to undertake site selection for the Center, and recommended the renovation of the 1934 Broadway Post Office building, an art deco structure that was uniquely well suited to retrofit for gallery and museum purposes. We subsequently produced a 500-page Functional Building Program for its renovation, and reviewed the drawings produced by Tuck Hinton Architects of Nashville and the New York office of Ove Arup Engineers, aimed at transforming this handsome building into international museum-quality space. Lord Cultural Resources continued to advise The Frist Foundation over several years of negotiations, with various levels of government. In 1997–98, we were further engaged to develop an Operations Plan for the Center, providing attendance and financial projections, along with an Implementation Plan and Project Management services, including negotiations with international art museums towards the exhibition schedule for the first several years of operation. Additionally, Lord Cultural Resources planned the popular interactive family and children’s gallery, Artquest.

In 1999, Lord Cultural Resources was commissioned to update the Operations Plan and Implementation Plan as the Center proceeded toward its grand opening on April 8, 2001. Our team was able to facilitate the Center’s negotiations for its opening season of outstanding exhibitions borrowed from major U.S. and Canadian art museums, several of which were also former clients.