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10 Vintage Photos That Show What Nashville Used to Look Like

Historic Nashville Inc.

The following photos of Nashville, courtesy of Historic Nashville, Inc., capture how national developments and local economic growth shaped the city’s identity. Most of these images follow two major moments in Nashville’s modern history. Primarily, the birth of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1920’s and the emergence of Music Row in the 1950’s paved the way for Music City USA. In addition, the end of World War II saw the growth of the suburbs, creating a busier metropolitan area. Both happenings upped the city’s global profile, even if that cost downtown some of its down-home charm.

The tourist attractions and loft apartments of today received quite a few facelifts over time. Despite preservation efforts, many of these locations and their surroundings look way different than historic snapshots from pretty much any decade.

With those historic trends in mind, enjoy a walk down memory lane with these 10 historic shots of a downtown area that’s long benefited from Nashville’s status as a musical and municipal giant.

Early Snapshots of 20th Century Development

Noel Hotel under construction August 15, 1929, showing the Noel Block Garage, which had been constructed in 1926. Courtesy Nashville Public Library.

Posted by Historic Nashville, Inc. on Monday, March 24, 2014

Baby, it's cold outside in Music City! Tonight's low is 6 degrees. Thankfully, we missed out on the snowstorm that hit…

Posted by Historic Nashville, Inc. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Photos of Nashville As An Emerging Musical and Cultural Force

Today, only 2 buildings remain standing in this 1950s aerial photo of the Public Square. Can you find them?

Posted by Historic Nashville, Inc. on Sunday, August 12, 2012

Posted by Historic Nashville, Inc. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Posted by Historic Nashville, Inc. on Sunday, July 20, 2014

Posted by Historic Nashville, Inc. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Downtown Nashville during a snowstorm in 1962. Be sure to share your snow pics of Nashville's historic places with us tomorrow!

Posted by Historic Nashville, Inc. on Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Rolling Stones are playing tomorrow night at Nashville's LP Field. Did you know their first concert in Nashville…

Posted by Historic Nashville, Inc. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

With all of the development going on in Nashville over the last year, we have seen many historic buildings fall to the…

Posted by Historic Nashville, Inc. on Thursday, November 26, 2015

Posted by Historic Nashville, Inc. on Thursday, February 18, 2016

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