If you’ve got an interest in architecture or design, these Nashville buildings are sure to impress. Each one has its own unique features, and all of them classify as artistic masterpieces.
Known as the “Mother Church” of country music, the Ryman Auditorium is a 2,362-seat live music venue located in downtown Nashville. It was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Designed by architect Hugh Cathcart Thompson, the Ryman has gone through a few different renovation phases; the year 2012 saw the original stage replaced, and in 2015, construction crews expanded and remodeled the building. Part of the expansion included a 100-seat theater that shows holographic films as part of the venue’s daily self-guided tours. The Ryman’s colorful stained-glass-style windows and classic red brick design make it stand out among other buildings downtown.
With architecture modeled after a traditional Roman Basilica, the Cathedral of the Incarnation is the third Catholic cathedral constructed in Nashville. The primary architect for the building was Fred Asmus, and construction began in 1910 under the direction of Bishop Thomas Sebastian Byrne—Saint Martin’s on the Hill in Rome inspired the design. Construction of the building finished in 1914, and the church has since undergone two major renovations. These improvements included the installation of new flooring—composed of tiles from Switzerland and Crossville, Tennessee—and prismatic glass windows and the relocation of the statues of the Holy Family to the baptismal area, plus renovation crews painted the entire church a lighter color.