NASHVILLE, TN—Developed by 4PANT LLC, in partnership with Dream Hotel Group, Dream Nashville has broken ground. Located in Printers Alley at Fourth Avenue North, the 169-room hotel is expected to open with eight experiential dining and nightlife venues in mid-2018 and pairs Earl Swensson Architects with Meyer Davis Studio for the interiors.
The groundbreaking ceremony earlier this week featured Vice Mayor David Briley as keynote speaker, as well as leading members of the Dream team, developers Alex Marks and Bill Barkley and Dream Hotel Group CEO Jay Stein, among others.
“It’s a credit to the development team that Dream Nashville will both honor and extend the spirit and energy of Nashville’s historic Printers Alley, and we will certainly look back on this groundbreaking and note the rebirth of an iconic neighborhood,” said Vice Mayor David Briley. “We are experiencing unprecedented economic growth in Nashville with more visitors than ever, too many business relocations to count and unprecedented wealth creation. This project uniquely offers a new reason for the world to visit Printers Alley and experience Music City.”
Printers Alley takes its name from its early connection with Nashville’s printing and publishing industry, then located in the immediate area. The Alley also became the center of the city’s nightlife and serviced the hotels, restaurants, and saloons fronting on Fourth Ave., which was known as the Men’s Quarter in the late nineteenth century. Nightclubs opened in the 1940s, and the alley became a showcase for the talents of performers such as Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams and Dottie West. This historic district’s architecture includes late Victorian styles and Nashville’s first automobile parking garage.
Joining Vice Mayor Briley at the podium were 4PANT Principals Alex Marks and Bill Barkley, Dream Hotel Group CEO Jay Stein, Councilman Freddie O’Connell, Metropolitan Development & Housing Agency Executive Director James Harbison, Historical Commission Director Tim Walker and Historian David Ewing.
Alex Marks, principal partner, 4PANT LLC, said, “We appreciate the patience of everyone involved as we carefully designed and connected a new 10-story structure to the six-story Utopia Hotel building, one of Nashville’s most historic structures.”