Architecture in Tennessee, A Guide for the Casual Traveler

Graceland, home to Elvis Presley
Graceland Mansion was home to rock 'n roll idol Elvis Presley. Today it is a National Historic Landmark and the most popular tourist attraction in Memphis, Tennessee. See a larger view. Photo © Mike Brown/Getty Images

From Memphis to Nashville, Tennessee offers a variety of interesting and often surprising architecture. The great state of Tennessee even boasts a house by Frank Lloyd Wright (the privately owned Seamour Shavin House in Chattanooga) and the controversial home of former Vice President Al Gore.

Must-See Buildings in Memphis, Tennessee:

  • Graceland Mansion
    Graceland Mansion was home to rock star Elvis Presley from 1957 until his death on August 16, 1977. It's now a National Historic Landmark
  • Tallest Buildings in Memphis
    Skyscrapers to watch for.
  • Elmwood Cemetery
    Historic monuments and memorials.
  • South Main Street
    Turn-of-the-20th century architecture.

Must-See Buildings in Nashville, Tennessee:

  • Capitol State Park Mall
    Site of many important buildings and memorials.
  • Tennessee State Capitol
    Designed by the noted architect William Strickland.
  • The Hermitage
    Home of President Andrew Jackson.
  • The Nashville Parthenon
    World's only full size replica of the ancient Parthenon of Greece.
  • "Batman" Building (AT&T), Earl Swensson Associates Architect (1994)
    The tallest building in Tennessee.
  • Belle Meade Plantation
    "Queen of Tennessee Plantations."
  • Historic Germantown
    Grand houses, worker's cottages, and shotgun homes.
  • Nashville's Best Historical Homes
  • Ryman Auditorium
    Home of the Grand Ole Opry

Must-See Buildings in Chattanooga, Tennessee:

    Plantation Houses:

    Victorian Tennessee:

    • Historic Rugby, a Utopian community founded by Thomas Hughes, author of Tom Brown's School Days

    Architectural Firms:

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