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Touring Nashville's Architecture

While Nashville is known for its music and good grub, the city is also rich with architectural gems
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.8 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview :  From modern to historic, Nashville offers a variety of interesting and often surprising architecture. One must-see is Centennial Park ... more »

Tips:  Things to bring: Camera, tripod, notepad and pen (for taking notes), umbrella, comfortable walking shoes, tote bag (if you shop) and... more »

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Points of Interest

Start your architecture tour with one of Nashville's prized buildings, the Parthenon, located in the city's Centennial Park and learn why the world’s only full-sized reproduction of the Greek Parthenon is housed in Nashville.

The Parthenon was originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition. It is a replica of the original Parthenon ... More

2. Fisk University

Next go to Fisk University and see the Aaron Douglas Gallery and the Carl Van Vechten Gallery.

Founded in 1866, Fisk University was one of the first private educational institutions offering a secondary liberal arts curriculum to freed slaves. The school determined that aesthetic development was an important part of the education process, and... More

From Fisk University, travel toward downtown to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, a 24,000-square-foot visual art exhibition center (with exhibitions from local, regional, national and international sources) and educational facility housed in a former U.S. Post Office (art-deco style) building and built between 1933 and 1934. Exhibitions have ... More

If you get hungry, grab lunch at Nashville's Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant known for its meat-and-three's, mismatched tables and chairs, and an eclectic clientele of farmers, songwriters and country music stars.

For lunch, enjoy a classic meat-and-three where you pick one meat from a daily selection of three - six choices (such as fried... More

Next stop is the Nashville Downtown Public Library and its new 300,000-square-foot Main Library building designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Stern Architects describes the building style as “modern classical."

The exterior of the building is faced with Alabama limestone and features Ionic columns, while the inside of the building has ... More

Designed by architect Hugh Cathcart Thompson in the Late Victorian Gothic Revival style popular in the 1800s, Tom Ryman’s vision to build a tabernacle for the evangelist Reverend Sam Jones became a reality with the completion of the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. After his death in 1904, the Union Gospel Tabernacle would be known as the Ryman... More

If you still have time for more architecture sightseeing, don't miss Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The neoclassical revivalist concert hall is the city's newest musical masterpiece and is said to be one of the only major concert halls in North America to use natural light.

The center is home to the an 85-member orchestra, the largest... More