Doctor's Building (Nashville, Tennessee)

The Doctor's Building[2] is a six-story commercial building in Nashville, Tennessee that was constructed in 1916 (some sources[which?] say 1910)[3][4] and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Doctor's Building
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Doctor's Building (Nashville, Tennessee) is located in Tennessee
Doctor's Building (Nashville, Tennessee)
Location706 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee
Coordinates36°9′44″N 86°46′59″W / 36.16222°N 86.78306°W / 36.16222; -86.78306Coordinates: 36°9′44″N 86°46′59″W / 36.16222°N 86.78306°W / 36.16222; -86.78306
Area0.4 acres (0.16 ha)
Built1910 (1910), 1921
ArchitectDougherty and Gardner
Architectural styleRenaissance
NRHP reference No.85001607[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 25, 1985

The building site was the former location of the home of railroad magnate Colonel Edmund William Cole,[5] with his home being the last 19th-century mansion on Church Street. A new building, known as "The Doctor's Building" was then constructed as a three-story building, with medical offices on the upper floors, and retail shops on the ground floor. A few years later (in either 1916 or 1921), it had three more stories added, increasing its size to 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2).[6] The design, by architect Edward Emmett Dougherty of the architectural firm "Dougherty and Gardner" was of the elaborate Beaux-Arts or Renaissance Revival style. The exterior is sheathed with glazed polychrome terra cotta.[6][7]

In the 1940s and 1950s, the building consisted of office space for many of the city's doctors and dentists.[8]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Note: The name of the building is variously spelled as "Doctor's Building" "Doctors' Building" and "Doctors Building"
  3. ^ Rogers, Tom (July 19, 1981). "You can see city grow, strolling downtown". The Tennessean. pp. F-1, F-2.
  4. ^ Beasley, Kay (December 21, 1986). "Old building getting new sparkle". Nashville Banner.
  5. ^ "Home of Colonel E.W. Cole". The News. August 26, 1999.
  6. ^ a b "Downtown Tour of Nashville's Historic Structures". The Tennessean. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  7. ^ Christine M. Kreyling, Wesley Paine, Charles W. Warterfield, Susan Ford Wiltshire, Classical Nashville: Athens of the South, Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press, 1996, p. 60
  8. ^ Ward, Getahn (October 19, 1998). "A glimpse into the future shows Church Street's past". Tennessean. p. 26.