From modern to historic, Nashville offers a variety of interesting and often surprising architecture. One must-see is Centennial Park ... more »where the world’s only full-sized reproduction of the Greek Parthenon is housed and includes a 42-foot statue of Athena, said to be the tallest indoor structure in the western world. Another stop to make is Fisk University, which was founded in 1866 and has an extensive collection of art, including pre-modern, modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, photographs, textiles and prints, as well as101 modern artworks from painter Georgia O’Keeffe. For art-deco lovers there is the Frist Arts Center, a 24,000-square foot visual art exhibition center and educational facility housed in a former U.S. Post Office building and built between1933 and 1934. Architecture buffs also like to admire the Nashville Downtown Public Library, which has a style defined as “modern classical” with an exterior made out of Alabama limestone and features Ionic columns, while the inside of the building has floors made of Georgia marble.
To keep on your radar: To celebrate Nashville's long history with music, opening in May 2013 in downtown Nashville (just south of Broadway, between 5th and 8th Avenues and Demonbreun and Franklin Street), is the new, state-of-the-art Music City Center (MCC) is currently under construction and will be built out at 1.2 million square feet and feature a 353,143-square-foot exhibit space with multiple flex space, 90,000 square feet of meeting rooms/break-out space, 57,000-square-foot ballroom (guitar-shaped) with built-in stage and an 18,000-square-foot junior ballroom. In keeping with Nashville's commitment to sustainable development, the MCC will boast a green roof (looks wavy, to resemble the rolling hills of middle Tennessee) and is committed to LEED Silver Certification. For more information, call the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1-615-259-4730. less «