Then and Now: Historic Ross School 1310 Ordway

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Historic school On Ordway

The neighborhood’s historic Ross School at 1310 Ordway Place will be occupied again soon after more than a year of vacancy.

Nashville Classical Charter School — currently at the corner of 10th and Fatherland — has been approved for the site and has begun an interior renovation, according to school founder Charlie Friedman, who addressed the neighborhood association in February.

A 1925 photo of the school, which is more than 100 years old, shows that little has changed. And Friedman said the plan is to keep it that way.

“That beautiful, historic facade will look exactly the same,” he said.

Friedman answered several questions that he said he’s heard lately.

He anticipates a more efficient drop-off and pickup process compared to the Head Start program that had been at the building, and he said the city considers Nashville Classical’s current traffic pattern at Fatherland to be a model worth emulating.

And he’s considering a way to make the playground that fronts 14th Avenue South available to the neighborhood, perhaps with a lock and access code.

Friedman moved from Philadelphia three years ago and founded the school, which currently has 181 students in kindergarten and first grade, with plans to add a grade each year. The school on Ordway will house grades K-4 with a maximum of 325 students. The renovation, which includes bringing the building into codes compliance, will cost about $750,000.

Then and Now: 1628 Fatherland St.

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LEFT:This photograph of 1628 Fatherland Street was uncovered recently in the LSNA archives. The photo appears to date to the 1980s and shows the one-story commercial building at the corner of 17th Street and Fatherland Street as partially boarded up and marred by graffiti. The single occupied commercial unit housed a salvage shop.

RIGHT:Today the building houses the factory and retail store of Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. The award-winning chocolatier moved into the recently renovated building in 2013. The storefront was converted into use as a commercial unit, eliminating the second entrance. The patterned brickwork was maintained, as was the bracketed awning with decorative Spanish tile.

Then and Now: Holly St. Fire Station


Nashville Fire Department station 14 on Holly St. celebrated its 100th anniversary in Oct. 2014. Station 14 went into service Oct. 1, 1914 as the J.B. Richardson Engine Company No. 14, named after a prominent local businessman. Located at 1600 Holly St., it was the first station built in Nashville designed solely for motorized vehicles and its firefighters have protected the residents of Lockeland Springs ever since.

From the 1996, 18th Annual Lockeland Springs Christmas Tour program:
In 1913, when the City of Nashville announced plans to build two new firehalls in outlying suburbs, neighbors organized the Lockeland Improvement League and petitioned to get one built in their neighborhood.

The firehall, designed in the Colonial Revival style by James Yeaman, Nashville’s first city architect, was the first built specifically for motorized vehicles and the first designed to blend into a resident
ial neighborhood. It opened with formal ceremonies on October 1, 1914, as the:
J.B. Richardson
Engine Company No. 14

Richardson was a prominent businessman who had bought the Lockeland Mansion as his country estate and when he died in 1913, the City of Nashville named the Station in his honor.

A. A. Rozetta was Chief of Fire Department when Station 14 opened and today it’s the City of Nashville’s oldest active Fire Station.