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U.S. Naval Reserve Training Building
Davidson County, Tennessee

[photo] U.S. Naval Reserve Training Building

U.S. Naval Reserve Training Building (RTB) is nominated under Criterion C – architecture. Built in 1949, it is a “modified type B” Butler Hut used by the Navy as an armory and training center. It is a rare surviving example of “programmatic” or “mimetic” architecture in Davidson County. Mimetic architecture replicates something not usually considered a building and often has an association with the business conducted therein. The style became predominant in the mid-twentieth century in order to catch the attention of automobile drivers. Edwin A. Keeble – a well-known Nashville architect – made this a unique resource when he designed part of the building as a prow, making it a “ship-shaped” building. RTB is located in Shelby Park, in accordance with a trend of the time; across the nation, urban training centers were located in either a municipal parks or on the outskirts of town near existing military facilities. Today the building is no longer used by the Navy.

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