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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Post Card Tuesday: Davidson County's Previous Courthouse

For the longest time, I never realized that Nashville had a town square, and I bet most people don't know that today. In the center of the square was the County Courthouse seen here. Today's county courthouse is also inside the square, or at least a side of it, with most of the square still being a small urban park.

The county's fourth courthouse seen here dates back to 1857. It was designed by Francis Strickland, son of William Strickland who designed the state capitol. It was built in a Greek Revival style and originally had a very similar design to the capitol. With a need to expand, a fourth story was added in 1910, which in the opinion of many people ruined the appearance. This courthouse burned in 1935, so this post card dates to sometime between 1910 and 1935.

Here's what the 5th Courthouse looks like:

Davidson Co. Courthouse (old) 10: Wisdom

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