Architecture firm will take over historic home at former church campus

From, published on December 23, 2015

Home Page staff reports

A boutique architecture firm has selected the Kenneday House at Historic Fifth Square in downtown Franklin as its new home.

906 Studio Architects, a boutique architecture firm known for historic preservation and sensitive infill projects, has selected the 1835 Kenneday House at Historic Fifth Square in downtown Franklin as its new home.

“We could have easily gone somewhere else and saved some money, but it’s important to us to be in the downtown core. This is who we are as a company – we are committed to timeless architecture,” said architect Mike Hathaway, who chairs the City of Franklin’s Planning Commission and is also a member of the City’s Historic Zoning Commission and a resident of Franklin’s National Register-listed Hincheyville Historic District. “Good design creates a sense of place, and preservation makes great sense from an economic and sustainability standpoint.”

Among 906 Studio’s notable projects currently in progress are the Harpeth Square hotel and multi-use development planned for Main Street in downtown Franklin; Southall Farm on Carter’s Creek Pike; Spring Hill’s Town Square; Roderick’s Place in Thompson’s Station; and a number of single-family restorations and infill projects.

The team of five plans to move in to the 3,500 square-foot Kenneday House in January, now that the Franklin First United Methodist Church has relocated to its new campus on the corner of Franklin Road and Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway. This is the second major tenant for the newly branded Historic Fifth Square, which recently announced that Generations Church and Learning Center are now occupying more than 30,000 square feet in the former sanctuary building next door to the Kenneday House on Fifth Avenue.

Steve Bacon of Historic 5th Square, LLC, said the new use for the Methodist Church property has attracted significant interest since its announcement.

“We love the diversity – a church, an educational component, and now professional services with the addition of a preeminent architecture firm with deep roots in downtown Franklin and a focus on preservation,” Bacon said. “On the other side, with the former Fellowship Hall building, there’s potential for a great restaurant and even retail. It’s all part of what makes a downtown community great.”

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