William B. Dinsmoor, Russell E. Hart, Architects
Centenial Park, Nashville TN
Visited March 17 2012
First built for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897, the Nashville Parthenon is an “full scale replica” of the original in Athens. The building was originally built as a temporary structure, but the building was so popular that it remained after the Exposition was over. The plaster, wood and brick temporary structure did not weather well as you would expect, and in 1920 construction of this more permanent concrete structure began.
Billed as an “replica” of the Athens original is in reference to the dimensions of the building, not the building materials. This version is cast in concrete, rather than the original marble version in Greece.