Nashville Architecture: A Guide to the City
Nashville Architecture

Nashville Architecture: A Guide to the City examines over 250 properties in Nashville — including well-known buildings such as the Ryman Auditorium, the Hermitage Hotel, and Jubilee Hall at Fisk, as well as many other lesser-known sites — that outline the city’s architectural metamorphosis over the course of the past two centuries.

From schools and churches to banks and post offices, from apartment and office buildings to plantations and cemeteries, author Carroll Van West surveys a wide variety of architectural sites that are found across Nashville and the greater Davidson County area.

Illustrated with over 150 maps and photographs, this comprehensive architectural guide is an invaluable resource for scholars and travelers alike, illustrating Nashville’s transformation into the cosmopolitan city that it is today.


320 page, softcover, 10x7 inches, $36 Includes tax and shipping

This book is one that all residents of Nashville—and visitors, too—are going to want to have on their bookshelves.” —Don H. Doyle, author of Nashville since the 1920s

About the Author

Carroll Van West is Tennessee State Historian and the director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the author of numerous books about Tennessee, including Tennessee’s Historic Landscapes and A History of Tennessee Arts. He is the editor of the print and online editions of the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.

Sponsored by MHC

Nashville Architecture, sponsored by Metro Historical Commission and AIA Middle Tennessee, is the successor to MHC's 1974 book, Nashville: A Short History and Selected Buildings.

In 1974, MHC published this first look at more than the grand structures. The book included neighborhoods, modest commercial and industrial structures, rural stone bridges, all manner of civic buildings—schools, fire halls, branch libraries—and all styles and periods. Then-MHC chair Margaret Lindsley Warden said it was a guide to “the typical as well as the superlative.”