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A Tradition of Excellence
It was 1924 when L. Hall Hardaway Sr. decided to start a construction company at the tender age of 18. Because of his youth, he had to receive a special court order removing the “Disability of Infancy” so he could enter into legal contracts. His sole employee was a carpenter. Their first project was a $3,500 home in Nashville.
In the next two decades, Hall Sr. would go on to build more than 1,000 homes throughout Tennessee and Alabama. Construction was done very differently in those days. All work was done by hand. Everyone on the crew worked on every aspect of the construction. They drew house plans on cardboard from shirt packages. Mule teams pulling scrapers dug out basements. Stone foundations were cut by hand.
By 1950, the burgeoning firm, now known as Hardaway Construction Corp., started a commercial division that built schools and other commercial buildings. The company thrived. In 1959, Hall, Sr. and his leadership team divided the company in two. The commercial business continued under the moniker of Hardaway Construction Company while the residential construction business was repositioned as Cumberland Builders, Inc. They developed many residential subdivisions in Middle Tennessee and were Nashville’s first builder of condominiums.
As Hardaway Construction grew, Hall, Sr. prepared to pass the mantle to his son, L.H. Hardaway, Jr. who worked after school and during summers from the seventh grade on. In 1956, after receiving his degree in Engineering from Vanderbilt University, Hall Jr. joined the firm as a Construction Superintendent. He worked his way up through the ranks of the firm, serving in various management roles focusing on the commercial side of the business. In 1975, Hall, Sr. handed the reins to his son, who assumed the role of President.
Family leadership of Hardaway Construction passed to the third generation in 1998, when Stan Hardaway, son of Hall Jr., assumed the role of President. Like his father, Stan began working for the family business early in life, starting as a Project Manager in 1985 after earning a business degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Like his father before him, he was well-prepared for his leadership role by three years as a Project Manager and the remainder as Vice President of Business Development.
Though Hall, Sr. passed away just shy of his 83rd birthday in 1989, his spirit lives on to this day as his son and grandson continue the Hardaway legacy. Almost a century after its launch, the company founded by L. Hall Hardaway, Sr. remains one of Nashville’s oldest and most respected construction firms. Now one of the largest in Tennessee and the southeast, the firm enjoys a platinum reputation and a regional footprint in the Southeast.