A National Historic Landmark, the Tennessee State Capitol sits on the highest hill in the central city of Nashville. The Tennessee State Capitol building, standing as proudly today as it did when it opened in 1859, is a beautiful and magnificent tribute to the people of Tennessee. This graceful structure is the last work that was designed in the Greek Revival Style by renowned architect William Strickland, who considered it his crowning achievement. When Strickland died suddenly during the construction of the building in 1854, he was buried in its north facade. The cornerstone for the building was laid on July 4th, 1854, and the construction of the structure finished in 1859. Built using Tennessee Limestone, the establishment utilizes the Ionic and Corinthian orders, the two most highly regarded orders in Greek architecture. To match the elegant exterior, the interior uses cast iron, an unorthodox building material of the 1840s, as seen in the highly decorative spiral staircase and library balconies. The grounds of the State Capitol contain statues honoring Civil War hero Sam Davis, World War I hero Sargent Alvin York, and former Presidents Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson. The tombs of President and Mrs. James K. Polk are also located on the Capitol grounds, along with six cedar trees in commemoration of the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust. When visiting the State Capitol, visitors may enter the building at the west entrance and go through the security check.
- Guided Tours:
- Lead by museum staff
- Begin at the Information Desk on the first floor across from the main stairwell
- Monday – Friday (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
- Closed holidays
- Groups of 10 or more should make reservation prior to the visit by calling the Public Programs Department