Over the first seven decades of the 20th century, Nashville saw incredible changes, from a river town centered on the Cumberland to the Wall Street of the South to Music City USA. The city survived two world wars, flooding downtown and a massive fire on the east side. By the 70s Nashville was still well known for its music industry and as a center of learning. The Parthenon had fallen on hard times, but a goddess was on the way. The last trains were leaving Union Station, but that grand building would find a new future.
Nashville: The 20th Century in Photographs, Volume 4 picks up where Volume 3 left off. The all new Country Music Hall of Fame was a symbol of the new Nashville. Its chosen location was a sign of rebirth pointing to the future, as well as a fitting tribute to the city’s past. On the other end of West End Avenue, the wraps were being taken off the recently completed restoration of the city’s beloved Parthenon. Athena was painted and covered with gold, a fitting symbol of the Athens of the South. With Union Station and The Ryman reopened, The Predators and Titans on the rise and a whole new set of reasons to visit downtown, Nashville was booming. As the calendar turned over to a new century, the groundwork was laid for Nashville to become the amazing city that it is today.