Monday, March 20, 2006


One thing you notice as soon as you arrive in Nashville: Frist is everywhere.

The Frist family, not content with donating the Frist Campus Center to Princeton University, has managed to associate their name with numerous projects and public works in Nashville, not least of which is the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, a museum housed in a gorgeous vintage-1933 Art Deco building that originally was home to the Nashville Post Office. It’s the most remarkable example of Depression-era Art Deco I’ve seen, aside from the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center in New York.

And there’s more. Go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and you will see the Frist Library and Archive. It’s Frist-O-Riffic!

I was almost surprised that there wasn’t a Frist Social Hall at West End Synagogue, although that might’ve been pushing it a bit far.

Maybe the Frist Urinal Bank at the Hermitage Hotel? The Art Deco bathroom there is fancy enough to have been featured in several music videos. It wouldn’t be too outlandish to sponsor some porcelain...

We almost expected to run into Bill or his relatives at every turn. And, come to think of it...

Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame.

Elvis’s Piano
All shook up over the King’s gold piano.

Hermitage Hotel Lobby
Is this where the lobbyists hang out? In the lobby?

Art Deco Men’s Room
The Art Dicko Deco Wee-Wee Room at the Hermitage Hotel.

Screw “Where’s Waldo?” - let’s play “Where’s Bill?”!!

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