Courtyard Nashville Downtown

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Courtyard Nashville Downtown
Courtyard Nashville Downtown.jpg
Former names First National Bank Building
Independent Life Insurance Company Building
Third National Bank
J.C. Bradford Building
General information
Architectural style Art Deco
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Address 170 Fourth Avenue North
Height 168 feet (51 m)
Technical details
Floor count 12

The Courtyard Nashville Downtown is a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, housed in the historic Art Deco-style First National Bank Building, built in 1904.

The First National Bank of Nashville was organized in 1863.[1] The bank's twelve-story building, designed by architect Barnett, Hayes and Barnett and built in 1904, was the tallest building in the city at time of its construction and is known as "Nashville's first skyscraper".[2]

In later years, when the building housed other tenants, it was known first as the Independent Life Insurance Company Building and later as the Third National Bank. In 1936, the Third National Bank added a twelve-story air-conditioned extension to the original bank building and installed a new facade. The Third National Bank name is emblazoned on the building's western and northern walls.[2]

From 1968 to 1986 the building housed the offices of J.C. Bradford Company. After J.C. Bradford moved out, the building remained vacant until 1997, when it was restored and renovated for use as a hotel.[2]


  1. ^ "First National Bank bld. Nashville, Tenn., 1908". Nashville Public Library Digital Collections. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Courtyard by Marriott Nashville Downtown" (PDF). Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
Preceded by
Tallest Building in Nashville
Succeeded by
The Stahlman