Salemtown's 'No Dog' building to be stabilized

One of Salemtown’s most distinctive buildings is slated to be improved as owner Oak Tree Partners LLC plans to do some interior work to stabilize the aging structure.

Recognized for a “No Dog” sign painted on its façade and located at 1604 Sixth Ave. N. in North Nashville, the building was constructed in 1897.

“We want to clean, stabilize and salvage as many historical elements as possible while we work with the neighbors on transitioning the space,” said K. Clay Haynes, Oak Tree vice president and managing partner.

Oak Tree, a Gallatin-based family-owned boutique development company, has secured from Metro a permit, valued at $1,900, for the work.

“I’ve had a site design for the property and we’ve gone back and forth regarding the building’s future use,” Haynes added.

As to the unusual signage, which has been on the building for at least 10 years, Haynes said with a chuckle, “The sign will remain for the time being. The ‘branding’ has grown on me.”

Oak Tree is using Quirk Designs for architecture work and Dale & Associates for the engineering and land planning effort.

Tim Walker, executive director of the Metro Historical Commission, said he is pleased the building will be improved.

“It is one of the last remaining examples of late 19th century duplexes of this style and form in Davidson County,” Walker said.


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