Tennessee State Capitol, Nashville, TN3
**Tennessee State Capitol** - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 70000894, date listed 19700708
A National Historic Landmark (www.nps.gov/nhl/find/statelists/tn/TN.pdf).
The Tennessee State Capitol is located on the most commanding site in Nashville and stands as a monument to William Strickland, the most noted architect of the time. This Greek Revival gem is a produce and prime example of the architecture of the Romantic era (1820-1860) in America. In addition the state house is significant for having been the seat of government in Tennessee for more than a century.
Two of the remarkable architectural features of the Capitol are the "hanging" stairway of stone which leads from the second floor to the tower, and the huge blocks of which the entire structure is built. Both represent unusual feats in engineering. The stone-fossilated limestone, in many of the blocks of which shells and other remains of a by-gone geological era are plainly discernible - was quarried nearby and hoisted in huge blocks weighing from six to ten tons each, into the fortress-like walls of the building.
The cornerstone of the Capitol was laid July 4, 1845, and the building was completed in 1854, nine years after it was begun. Much of the skilled labor, for stone cutting and other equally important details, was performed by convict labor from the State penitentiary. (1)
References (1) NRHP Nomination Form npgallery.nps.gov/NRHP/GetAsset/b2e52f99-59c8-4c84-97f6-7...