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Fleming Smith, Buddy Ferguson and Hunter Gee

Looney Ricks Kiss Architects

"Everyone has a storefront with their own identity."

Fleming Smith, Hunter Gee and Buddy Ferguson, three of the architects in the Nashville office of Looney Ricks Kiss, specialize in new communities that feel more like well-aged, Main Street environments. Their nationally recognized firm, which has grown from locations in Memphis and Nashville to 9 offices in 6 states, is the town architect for Rosemary Beach in Florida's Panhandle and for Celebration, Disney's famously planned community near Orlando. They're the first architecture firm to bring the whole Celebration concept to Nashville, as master planners for the mixed-use Lenox Village project on Nolensville Road. They also designed a master plan for the now burgeoning redevelopment of The Gulch, whose progress they can observe daily from their fourth-floor windows at Cummins Station.

Given the focus of their work, it's not hard to see why LRK chose this spot in 2002. "We feel a commitment to downtown Nashville," says Ferguson, citing the firm's involvement with the Nashville Downtown Partnership, Civic Design Center and the American Institute of Architects (a Cummins Station neighbor). "Projects like Cummins Station started the move back downtown."

The architects share a heightened awareness of genus loci-the spirit of a place-that naturally attracted them to Cummins Station. "It feels lived in," says Smith. "You just feel more comfortable here. Almost every new client that comes here says, 'Great building!' If we were in a Class A office building in Cool Springs, it wouldn't be the same. You couldn't re-create Cummins Station today."

Like the new communities they're helping to build, Cummins Station has a neighborhood feel. "When you walk down the hallways," says Ferguson, "everyone has a storefront with their own identity. You tend to lose your identity in a new building, where the floors and offices all look the same. Here, you can put your own calling card on it."

"I don't know any other place in Nashville," adds Gee, "where you can get a haircut, have a massage, buy a book, go to the bank, get your wife a nice piece of custom jewelry (fellow tenant Margaret Ellis designed wedding bands for Gee and his wife), and have lunch. I've done all that here.

"They describe this as 'a community of resources.' But it's not just a slogan. It's actually true."

  • Land Trust and Cummins Station launch Saving Acres for all Community Members

  • Community Arts Program selects Artist in Residence Jared Friehoefer for train car studio #1

  • Look for the Artisan Fair on December 9th for Holiday Shopping…

  • Check out our newly renovated restrooms in the C elevator lobby!

  • The Cummins Station Neighborhood is now LEED ND Gold Certified by the United States Green Building Council!