Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date

Spring 2023


O'More College of Architecture and Design



BURS Faculty Advisor

Anthony Monica

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


Frosty Morn, a former meat packing facility in Clarksville, TN, is now abandoned, dilapidated, and partially demolished. The site sits within the Red River District neighborhood, which consists of a diverse community of artists. The Red River District has been identified by the Clarksville Mayor’s Office as an area with potential for growth, catalyzed by repurposing the Frosty Morn building as an icon and beacon of the community. Highest and best use research, in addition to community voices, indicated programmatic needs of a farmer’s market, makerspaces, small business incubators, park space, and live/work units. Our presentation will describe how this research, along with creative design thinking, shaped the proposal: a functional community center that catalyzes redevelopment and revitalizes the neighborhood. With a driving statement of “Frosty Morn is a town square, shaped by art, honoring its history”, this design prioritizes the needs of the community. The implementation of a town square serves as a centralized destination, framed by structures in this proposal. From the buildings' program, to its material choices, the project is rooted in research and informed by the community. Frosty Morn becomes a new prosperous anchor for the Red River District by fulfilling the needs for small business infrastructure, food and retail destinations, and a central Office of Citizen Engagement.

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