About R.C. Mathews
History | Philosophy
The Mathews name has stood for quality construction for seven decades
Since 1941, R.C. Mathews Contractor has grown alongside Nashville as the city has progressed. Inspired by the community’s unique character, rich history and vibrant people, the company has constructed many of the buildings that punctuate Nashville’s streets and skyline. And it is with great privilege that R.C. Mathews continues this journey with Nashville for decades to come.
The beginning: R.C. Mathews, Sr.
In 1941, R.C. Mathews, Sr., drew from his experience building railroad bridges to found the business that would quickly become the builder of choice for Nashville’s largest corporations including National Life, Genesco, and H.G. Hill. These landmarks were the National Life and Accident Insurance Company headquarters (1941), Hippodrome Building (1946), Purity Dairies (1947), Green Hills Shopping Center (1961), Ensworth School (1961), and Children’s Museum (1966).
Building on success: R.C. (Bob) Mathews, Jr.
R.C. (Bob) Mathews, Jr., joined his father’s company in 1951 and became a leader in the region’s construction industry. Under his direction, R.C. Mathews Contractor gained a reputation as a pioneer in the design/build concept. He helped many clients such as Aladdin Industries and IBM construct their new headquarters in his master-planned parks called Metropolitan Industrial Park (1966-1970) on Elm Hill Pike and MetroCenter (1970-1980). His vision for the resurgence of downtown Nashville sparked the development of Second Avenue as a tourist zone as well as the creation of One Nashville Place (1984), the CMT building and garage (1986), Grassmere Business Park (1986), and Commerce Center (now Baker Donelson Center 2001).
Third generation and beyond: Walker Mathews, Sr.
Walker Mathews, Sr., joined his father in the business in 1983 after working in Houston and Denver building high-rise office towers. He has broadened the reach of the business as well as continued the tradition of building landmark projects. He has successfully completed the historic renovations of: the revitalization of the Ryman Auditorium (1994), Frist Center for the Visual Arts (2001), Montgomery County Courthouse (2002), Hermitage Hotel (2003), and Stahlman Building (2005). He has directed major campus projects for Belmont University including the Inman Health Science Center (2006), Patton Hall (2010), McWhorter Center for Pharmacy (2010), the Baskin School of Law (2012), and Vanderbilt University’s West Garage (2010).