Tennessee Military Museum

The Tennessee military museum found its place in the historic part of the Nashville city center, as a part of the neoclassical ensemble of buildings surrounding the state capitol building.

The long, momentous building was designed in Greek Revival style, featuring centrally set courtyard enclosed by the Doric colonnade. The courtyard is approached trough the portico directly influenced by the entrance gate of the Athenian Acropolis. The center of the atrium is held by the sculpture of “Youth”, holding “Nike” the goddess who is personifying victory, this time, in War.

The importance of the atrium can be directly read from the architecture. Looking from the center to the flanks, the columns become pilasters. At the back of the building, there are no pilasters, and the central portico does not have pediment. All of it implies: here’s what’s important, come in!

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