Tennessee State Capitol

Completed: 1859
Architect: William Strickland

Photos: Robert Deering 12/30/2005

This limestone Greek Revival state capitol is located on a hill overlooking the city. It can be observed from all sides. It is one of the first buildings in the nation with structural iron roof trusses.  At the gable ends are porticos with eight Ionic columns and undecorated pediments. At the middle of the two sides are shallow porticos with six columns. The basement is rusticated. Instead of a dome, Strickland designed a rusticated square base for the circular lantern. The porticos were modelled on the Erechtheum on the Acropolis in Athens while the tower is based on the Choragic monument of Lysicrates in Athens.

ORIGIN OF STATE NAME: Named after Cherokee Indian villages called "Tanasi"


STATE MOTTO: Agriculture and Commerce

1796, Art. XI.III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...

ADDRESS:  600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37243


Robert, Mildred, and Cheryl Deering
at the Tennessee State Capitol
Photo: Ferdie Deering 1953