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Our office received this distinction in  2012, and we continue to serve property owners in Nashville and Davidson County with a high level of excellence.


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Above is a photo of the University of Nashville.  This institute was a source of great pride in pre-war Nashville.

An outgrowth of Davidson Academy and the first school established in the frontier settlement, the University was built in 1802 on 240 acres south of Broad that had been designated by the Tennessee legislative body ... "for the promotion of learning in Davidson County."

This area would become known as College Hill, later 2nd Ave S.

The University grew 'very modestly' until 1825, when Dr. Philip Lindsley became president.  He came on board with very definite ambitions for the expansion of the college and he put them into play.

Things were professing very well ... until the Civil War reached Nashville and Confederates took over the University to quarter troops.

Federal troops converged on Nashville, too, and they joined the Confederates in using the original Lindsley Hall (built in 1855 and seen here) as a military hospital.

In recent years, this building has been confused with the Literacy Department building, but it truly was the 'first' Lindsley Hall


The Literacy Department building is the only remaining structure of the original University of Nashville.  Built in 1853 and designed by famed architect Adolphus Heiman, it is now used by the Metro Planning Commission.

However, from 1855 to the Civil War, the building (at right) served as Western Military Institute, which was run by colonel Bushrod Johnson, who later became a Confederate general.

Western Military Institute continued operation for five more years after the war.

Following the close of the institute at this location, Lindsley Hall served as the Children's Museum from 1944 to 1973.


This is the first Howard (High) School (at left).  It was designed by Harvey Akeroyd in 1860, and it stood on College (Third) at Highland.


In 1939, engineers found major structural problems on the upper floors, and the school was forced to close.

The school acquired the land where the University of Nashville had stood, and Nashville officials elected to build a new academic facility on the old campus, this time combining both elementary and high schools in one.

They named it Howard School, and the first class graduated in 1941.

Howard School remained in use as a downtown academic facility until 1969.

During the early 1970's, the building was pretty much vacant until Nashville officials decided to use it to house various city offices.  The high school portion was renovated, and the auditorium floor was leveled to house the title division of the County Court Clerk's office.


The rear portion, or elementary wing, was never refurbished, although other city offices occupied the old rooms.

In 2008, demolition of this wing was started, and the efforts to transform Howard School into Howard Office Building began in earnest.


Now, the Howard Office Building looks like this.

In keeping with a more eco-conscious society, our new space is GREEN, which means that the Howard Office Building follows a blueprint that increases the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water and materials. 

A GREEN building is important because the growth and development of our community has a large impact on our natural environment.

Sustainable building features within the framework of the Howard Office Building include:

  • Reuse of existing building and re-use of existing building site

  • Use of native plants and re-use of storm water run-off

  • Use of T5 bulbs, dimmable ballasts, day lighting controls and occupancy sensors

  • Use of regional materials such as ceramic tile made in Crossville, TN

In addition, updated HVAC equipment and ventilation systems, low VOC* paint, low VOC adhesives and glues, non-VOC admitting furniture and countertop materials, plus advanced use of natural light with a large wall of glass and exterior day lighting shades add to the 'colorization' of the building.

*VOC means "Volatile Organic Compounds" which have significant vapor pressures that can affect the environment and human health.

Location - Location - Location!

700 2nd Ave S is a great location for our office!

We're in close proximity to Interstate Systems (see above.)

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) provides convenient bus service.  They have even partnered with Google Transit to help individuals plan their routes.  Click HERE to be directed to the Google Transit Trip Planner site.

MTA has also added a special route to the Music City Circuit with buses that run every 15 minutes from the Richard A. Fulton Campus to downtown on weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Various Metro offices are housed in two other buildings on the Richard H. Fulton Campus:

Lindsley Hall:  General Services; Sports Authority; Purchasing
Metro Office Building: 
Election Commission; Water - Permits; Codes; Planning;
                                     Arts Commission

Metro employees who staff the departments housed in buildings on the campus use a brand new Richard H. Fulton Parking Garage.  This 5-story structure features approximately 700 parking spaces, including those that are stipulated for Metro vehicles.

Visitor, customer and vendor parking are available at the surface lot near the Metro Office Building, as well as the paved lot behind Lindsley Hall.



A high-tech security system is in place for the entire campus.

A security officer mans the Security Control Center 24/7, to:

Answer calls
Monitor cameras
Monitor emergency call
Monitor intercoms
Make 911 calls for
   emergencies and
   communications with

Emergency call stations are located throughout the campus and may be contacted by calling 862-6599.

Final Note

We take pride in continuing to provide great service to you in a building that is rich in both history and presence.



Assessor of Property for Davidson County, TN  *  P.O. Box 196305  *  Nashville, TN 37219-6305
Physical Address:  700 2nd Ave S, Suite 210 * Nashville, TN 37210

Phone (Main Line):  (615) 862-6080;  Fax: (615) 862-6057 
Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday