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War Memorial Auditorium...making history since 1925.

The historic War Memorial Auditorium forges a link from Tennessee's proud past to its vibrant present.  This timeline highlights its significant history.


1920 - 1929


Awarded the Gold Medal by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA)

The War Memorial Building was recognized with a Gold Medal Award by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) in 1925, the highest honor that the AIA can bestow.

September 21

War Memorial Auditorium & Building Dedication Ceremony

To commemorate the services of the men and women who died in World War I, the state legislature appropriated two million dollars in 1919 for a War Memorial Building and Square. Designed by Nashville architect Edward E. Dougherty and constructed of granite and marble, the structure was completed and dedicated in 1925. A central courtyard surrounded by Doric columns features tablets inscribed with names of 3,400 Tennesseans who died in World War I. Above the front steps to the entrance of War Memorial Auditorium, a carving reads: AMERICA IS PRIVILEGED TO SPEND HER BLOOD AND HER MIGHT FOR THE PRINCIPLES THAT GAVE HER BIRTH AND HAPPINESS AND THE PEACE WHICH SHE HAS TREASURED. This statement was made by President Woodrow Wilson on April 2, 1917 when he realized that the war looming ahead would be a costly one. Almost a decade later, the War Memorial Building was dedicated with World War I hero, Sgt. Alvin C. York, escorted down the aisle during the ceremony.

1930 - 1939
1940 - 1949
1950 - 1959
1960 - 1969
1970 - 1979
1980 - 1989
2000 - 2009
2010 - PRESENT
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