The Tennessee State Capitol opened in 1859 and is a magnificent tribute to the people of Tennessee.
The capitol was designed by architect William Strickland who considered it his crowning achievement. The architectural style is Greek Revival. Strickland began his career as an apprentice to Benjamin LaTrobe, who was the architect of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C..
When Strickland died suddenly during construction in 1854, he was buried in the north facade of the Capitol, per his wishes.
The cornerstone for the building was laid on July 4, 1845, and construction finished in 1859. The grounds of the State Capitol contain statues honoring Sam Davis, Sgt. Alvin York, and Presidents Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson. The tombs of President and Mrs. James K. Polk are also located on the Capitol grounds.
The Capitol was used during the Civil War as a Union Fortress.
Guided tours are available on Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., beginning at the Information Desk on the first floor.
Groups of ten or more should make a reservation prior to their visit by calling the Public Programs Department at (615)741-0830 or toll-free 800-407-4324.