The Metro Historical Commission's Tim Walker marvels at the hulking gray building tucked away between the Capitol and Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville.
"Truly, we'd never spend that kind of money to build a building like this today."
The Cordell Hull Building rises nine stories and stretches about the length of a city block.
Built in a simplistic style popular in the early 1950s, it might not look like much. But its limestone exterior gives it a stolid feel, and inside there are rose-colored marble finishes quarried right here in Tennessee.