By Thomas Brendle Brumbaugh, Martha I. Strayhorn, Gary G. Gore, Historic American Buildings Survey
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2 vols. Official and Political Manual of the State of Tennessee. Prepared by Charles A. Miller. Nashville: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1890. Roberts, Charles E. Nashville and Her Trade for 1870. Nashville: Roberts & Purvis, 1870. Wooldridge, John, editor. History of Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville: H. W. Crew, 1890. Page 10 Tennessee State Penitentiary The Tennessee State Penitentiary stands at the western end of Nashville's Centennial Boulevard, seven miles west of the Davidson County Courthouse.
The book is a miscellany with no pretense to being a fully representative or complete record; these buildings, however, are certain to commend themselves to those who love Tennessee, architecture, and superb architectural photography. Less than two centuries after the first penetration of the Tennessee wilderness, many important early landmarks of the region have been carelessly and wantonly destroyed. Others will soon disappear, but in photographs something of the aesthetic and historic distinction of these surviving monuments can be understood.
When it was built, between 1895 and 1897, it was considered one of the most modern and humane prisons in the United States. S. M. Patton, a Chattanooga architect, designed the penitentiary. Patton was the second architect on the job. When the Tennessee legislature in 1893 authorized a new prison to be built, the contract was awarded to J. P. Fulcher and Company, with William C. Smith as architect. The cost was not to exceed $600,000. Soon afterward, an investigating committee of the legislature found that the Fulcher contract was in excess of the costs imposed by the authorizing bill.
Architecture of Middle Tennessee: the Historic American Buildings Survey by Thomas Brendle Brumbaugh, Martha I. Strayhorn, Gary G. Gore, Historic American Buildings Survey