The Parthenon, Nashville Centennial Park
Nashville's replica of the Parthenon was built in 1897 for the Centennial Exposition.
The cost of tearing the structure down after the exposition was too much, so the city decided to leave it and use it as the city's art museum.
Backstory and Context
The Parthenon found at Centennial Park in Nashville is not only a full-scale replica of the original building, but it also houses a 42-foot replica of the statue of Athena as well. The building itself, when it was constructed, was not meant to be a permanent fixture. However, due to the high costs of tearing it down, the city decided to keep it. It is also the only structure that was kept in place after the Exposition. Within the next twenty years, it was basically re-built with better infrastructure so it could weather the elements and serve as a permanent structure.
To make this replica of the Parthenon as authentic as possible, casts were created using original sculptures from the Athenian Parthenon. Plasters were created using these molds based off of statues that date back to 438 B.C.E. Visitors to the structure can learn about this process and also view the work of American artists from the 19th and 20th Century. Admission ranges from $4-$6. The Parthenon also schedules special events and exhibitions such The Socratic Dialogues but also functions as the city of Nashville's art museum.
Duke, Jan. "History of the Nashville Parthenon and the Tennessee Centennial Exposition." Tripsavvy.com Accessed March 7, 2015 (Updated May 17, 2017). https://www.tripsavvy.com/nashville-parthenon-history-2475923.