This 12,000 s.f. house in Nashville, Tennessee, is a modern interpretation of the creative eclecticism of the Colonial Revival. Employing the formality of 1930s Federal Revival architecture in the scored stucco-over-brick facade and arcade-like side wing, Tate expressed a wider range of references within. A Georgian-inspired great hall with a cantilevered staircase rises in the center of the house. This hall leads to formal dining room with stately Georgian moldings and an Adamesque drawing room. In the kitchen and family dining room, painted paneling and cross-beam ceilings recall mid-twentieth-century Colonial Revival interiors. Blending elegance with informality, Tate designed a family living room wing that marries a high-style Palladian doorway and rustic standing-seam copper roof without with glazed Georgian paneling and primitive timber-frame ceiling trusses within.
Read an interview with Ken Tate about the James residence.