Local photographer captures Nashville's changing skyline

Local photographer captures the transformation of Nashville's skyline

Our Nashville 2018 project tracks the good and bad that comes with a growing city.

Part of that change is the city's changing skyline.

Local photographer Pat Hollander has been capturing the transformation of Music City through her lens for four years.

"It's just amazing," said Hollander. "Amazing how quickly things happen."

From the Anchor Fellowship Church on Third Ave. to Lea Ave. and Fourth Ave. looking at the heart of downtown, Hollander has been documenting the change of Nashville for four years and counting.

"I was looking at the number of cranes and all the companies coming in, and I thought, 'Wow this is totally going to change and I want to capture it before it goes,'" said Hollander.

Proof of Nashville's changing skyline is in the numbers.

According to the city, from 2013 to 2017, there were 44 high rises that were built.

The biggest jump in was 2016 with 18 high-rises going up.

Hollander's work takes notice of nuances of construction, like telephones poles going away, and the dramatic change to familiar streets, like the recently-opened J.W. Marriott Hotel.

"Some of the changes have been so tremendous that I couldn't even put them as a before and after because you would barely believe it because they've obliterated what once existed," she said.

Hollander said as the skyline continues to evolve, she plans to continue her project for as long as she can and hopes her photography will preserve the Music City that was.

"The essence of Nashville," she said.

Hollander is the president of the Nashville Photography Club, which welcomes all those interested in photography. 


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