Nashville Metro Courthouse


Completed in 1937, the Davidson County Court or Metropolitan Court of Nashville stands along the Cumberland River as one of the most prominent buildings of the city. Architects Emmon H. Woolwine of Nashville and Frederic C. Hirons of New York created a masterpiece of Art Deco style and ornamentation. The lighting fixtures exhibit a unique combination of Deco style bronze castings along with deeply carved/etched glass panels.

The existing incandescent lamps were replaced with energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps with ballasts built into the body of the fixtures for easy accessibility during maintenance. Besides restoration, numerous fixture types were replicated along with new custom designs. The final result was a lighting project that substantially increased the amount of light at a greatly decreased energy cost to the city.

Architects: Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon

Lighting Designer: Domingo Gonzalez Associates