Tuck-Hinton Architecture & Design, Woolworth on 5th
Located at 221 5th Avenue North, the Woolworth building is a registered historic site as part of the Fifth Avenue Historic District in downtown Nashville. One of the original “five and dime” stores, F. W. Woolworth became the site of some of the first lunch counter sit-ins during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Nashville. The new Woolworth on 5th honors the history of this space by serving as a welcome table for all – an upbeat atmosphere with food, music, dancing that everyone can enjoy. The new Woolworth on 5th reprises the original Woolworth as a restaurant and venue that honors its history and invites everyone to sit at the welcome table. Through a massive restoration effort, much of the original architecture was preserved, including the upper level mezzanine, metal railings and wall accents, and terrazzo floors. Parts of the 18,000-square-foot space that could not be preserved were recreated to echo the style of the past: flowing staircases, the rebuilt lunch counter, wood-paneled walls, retro colors and an art deco-inspired vibe. The space remains true to its past, while creating new traditions for the future.