Architecture of Country Music

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is an interesting piece of architecture.

Completed in 2001 at a cost of about $37 million, this building anchors the southwestern edge of Nashville, Tennessee’s downtown and it’s within blocks of famous Ryman Auditorium and the lively club scene of 2nd Avenue.

The structure is clever in its design. Icons of country music, circa 1960, have been rendered through a combination of concrete, stone, and glass. The overall floorplan is shaped like a bass clef. The main ediface resembles a piano keyboard. The swooping northern corner (on the right here) is designed like a late 1950’s Cadillac tailfin. The western rotunda is crafted to look like a stack of vinyl 45s topped with a radio tower.

Some might think they tried a wee bit too hard to drive home the point architecturally. Sure, the building is a bit overwrought and not in the best of taste, but, hey, that’s what country music is anyway. It’s a perfect match.

Posted by G. O’Graffer on 2008-12-14 02:50:30

Tagged: , Tennessee , Nashville , Country Music Hall of Fame , museums

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