Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Major Eugene C. Lewis, director of the Centennial believed that a reproduction of the Greek masterwork to serve as a gallery of fine arts would inspire a love of beauty and a spirit of excellence. Colonel William C. Smith served as architect and George J. Zolnay, sculptor. Contractor for the building was Edward Laurent with Foster and Creighton contracting for the foundation.
The reception of the Centennial – It was the first exposition in the nation to be both an artistic and financial success – and public response to the Parthenon indicated, that although it was made of temporary materials, it should be reconstructed on a permanent basis. Construction was started in 1921, the exterior completed in 1925, but due to the lack of funds it was not until May 20, 1931, that the Parthenon as it stands today was opened to the public.
Hart, Freeland and Roberts, with William B. Dinsmoor consulting, served as architects George J. Zolnay, Leopold Scholz and Belle Linney Scholz,
Board of Park Commissioners
Robert M. Dudley
Lee J. Loventhal
Robert T. Creighton
Charles M. McCabe
Location. 36° 8.962′ N, 86° 48.844′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is on 27th Avenue North 0.3 miles north of West End Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2600 West End Ave, Nashville TN 37203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Federal Defenses (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Nashville (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); The Nashville Parthenon (within shouting distance of this marker); John W. Thomas (within shouting distance of this marker); United Nations Visit To Nashville Major Wilbur Fisk Foster (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lieutenant James Simmons Timothy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Founding of Altrusa International (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
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