Claire and I take a peek at Music City for this month's Architect magazine.

W.O. Smith Music School. Courtesy Bauer Askew Architecture

For the first two days of May in 2010, Nashville, Tenn., a city accustomed to being inundated by tourists, was overrun by 13 inches of rain in 36 hours. The Cumberland River reached 12 feet above flood stage, killing 11 people and ruining landmarks including the Grand Ole Opry House and the Gaylord Opryland Resort. The city suffered more than $2 billion in damage to private property alone. “The flood galvanized our community in ways that make me proud to be a Nashvillian,” says local architect David Powell, AIA, principal of Hastings Architecture Associates. (Keep reading here)