For those that appreciate beautiful architecture. This 2,440sqft sqft 2-story penthouse is located in Nashville's beloved and historic Gladstone building. With soaring ceilings and open floorplan, this building was truly ahead of it's time. This unit is on 3rd floor of the beautiful grand entry staircase (sorry no elevator).
In the spring of 1923, wealthy Nashville real estate developer Morris Fisher had a grand vision of creating the most luxurious apartment building in the city. He bought the land and selected noted architect Charles Ferguson to design and oversee the construction of this grand property. It is unclear why Fisher named the property "The Gladstone," but its name carries distinct English connotations and was likely related to William Gladstone, England's prime minister until the 1890s.
Ferguson had been an architect since 1887 and had been responsible for many fine residences and buildings around Nashville. He had contributed to the design of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897 and had drafted reproductions of the Parthenon. The Gladstone became one of Ferguson's last significant designs before he retired in 1926. Today, The Gladstone is known as an outstanding example of Elizabethan revival that combines traditional features with exceptional craftsmanship. This architecturally significant property was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1983 by Philip Thomason of Thomason and Associates, and was certified by Herbert Harper, the executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission. The Gladstone was awarded registration to the NRHP on June 16, 1983.
As the units were rented, the demand was very high, and vacancies were rare. There was a long waiting list to gain occupancy. A 1924 article named the Gladstone one of the prettiest and most modern on West End. The prices for the five-room units were $125 per month when the average rent at the time was $25 per month. Mr. Fisher's goal had been achieved; the Gladstone was one of the most expensive and distinctive apartment buildings of its day.