August 18, 2016

The Rebirth of the North Gulch


Inventors, artists and the greatest minds of business all have one thing in common: the ability to see potential where others don’t. It is this gift that allows and often compels them to venture out and take the next step that others wouldn’t anticipate. Where others would simply see a block of marble, Michelangelo could perceive the statue within. The way that we see the world determines the future that we are going to build.

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” – Michelangelo


What we now know as the North Gulch is a place with a history and a future. In the 1870’s, it was known as Hell’s Half Acre—home to European immigrants, pistol fights, and saloons. In the early 1900s, many former slaves made their homes there, struggling to make a new life for themselves and creating a new story for future generations. By the 1950’s, sections of the urban core saw the development of new parks and streets, painting a more optimistic picture of things to come, while other areas remained under-developed.

It was this parcel of land, within the shadow of the Capitol, that caught the eye of Boyle Nashville. They didn’t just see the cluster of light industrial and vacant buildings. They could see what was just beneath the surface yearning to break through. They had the vision of a genuine community, pulsing with life and activity that was rooted in the rich history of the Gulch, but looking towards a new and brighter future. They had a different view of this place and that vision has given birth to Capitol View.


The vision for Capitol View is being realized through the partnership of Boyle Investment Company and Northwestern Mutual Real Estate. Boyle provides on-site leasing, management, and development services at Capitol View. Additionally, Northwood Ravin was selected to develop the residential component that will be a part of the project.

Northwestern Mutual Real Estate – The real estate investment arm of Northwestern Mutual is one of the largest real estate investors in the nation, with investments in commercial mortgage loans and equities across all major property types.

Boyle Investment Company – Founded in 1933 by three Boyle family brothers in Memphis, the Nashville office opened in 2001. Other notable Boyle mixed-use projects include Berry Farms in South Franklin, CityPark Brentwood, and Meridian Cool Springs.

Northwood Ravin – Known for its award-winning sustainable luxury apartments, Northwood Ravin develops apartment communities and mixed-use venues with a singular focus: to create communities that foster healthy lifestyles, neighborhood involvement, and appealing living environments.


Capitol View will create renewed vitality in Downtown Nashville with shopping, dining, and retail. This vibrant, urban, mixed-use district in the heart of Nashville will be a real place for real people. Take a peek at our vision:

Here’s what is coming:

  • Over 1,100,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space
  • 130,000 sq. ft. of retail space
  • 600 upscale multi-family residential units
  • 2 hotels with 410 rooms
  • Community space, urban activity park and trail head for the Nashville Greenway
  • Corporate headquarters for LifeWay and HCA subsidiaries HealthTrust, Parallon, and Sarah Cannon

Real community is born in real places that move us in meaningful ways.