House Beautiful: Ken Tate

Sharing a fabulous, gorgeous home by architect: Ken Tate
Location: Nashville, Tennessee 
This 10,000 s.f. residence in the historic Belle Meade neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee invokes the concept of vernacular progression, the manner in which houses grow and evolve over time. 
Disparate parts of the dwelling resemble a vernacular Tennessee fieldstone barn, a Georgian house, a Federal wing, and a Colonial Revival addition. 
Thanks to Tate’s attention to period-appropriate materials and craftsmanship, these attached structures appear to have been built over two centuries. 
This approach made it possible to design a large house accommodating the owners’ modern needs, while also complementing the style and scale of the surrounding Colonial Revival dwellings. 
Although the house is significantly larger than those nearby, the manner in which Tate divided the mass into smaller parts diminishes its appearance of size.
I love his meticulous attention to detail… and I adore the commitment to the historical and traditional architecture.

Ken Tate: Philosophy

Ken Tate employs the language of architecture with intuition, invention, and versatility to create dwellings that exist easily within their surroundings while surrounding their inhabitants with ease. 
His understanding of Classical architecture is enhanced by his love of vernacular styles, including Louisiana Creole, French West Indies, Norman, and Spanish Colonial. 
While some of Tate’s houses are purely Federal or Greek Revival, most involve subtle shifts in style from one fade to the next, or from the exterior to the interior. 
Often projects combine high-style and vernacular elements to create deeply textured and engaging experiences. 
Not surprisingly, Tate draws inspiration from the Mediterranean- and Colonial Revival architects of the late 19th- and early 20th century, who created unapologetically eclectic dwellings resonating with romance and comfort. 
Like these architects who created the first American suburbs, Tate is committed to designing houses that reflect, respect, and enhance their surroundings.




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