Grand Guitar

3245 West State Street, Bristol, Tennessee


Grand Guitar

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The Grand Guitar, completed in 1983, is eligible for listing in the National Register under criterion C as a locally and regionally significant example of mimetic architecture. Designed by Bristol musician and entrepreneur Joe Morrell, the seventy-foot long replica of a Martin Dreadnought guitar was built as a museum, recording studio/radio station, and store. The building began drawing interest from travelers even before it opened for business. Although the exterior siding has been changed, the Grand Guitar still retains its character defining features including the saddle bridge, sound hole, pick guard, finger board, turning keys, and strings. The interior has not been altered and the building retains its architectural integrity. The Grand Guitar is not yet fifty years old but it has exceptional significance as mimetic architecture that represents the character of Bristol's association with country music. Located at the edge of the city, adjacent to an Interstate, and just off an Interstate exit, the building serves as the unofficial entry to Bristol, the official -Birthplace of Country Music-.

Posted to the NRHP 3-11-2014 and removed on March 27, 2020.

Update Log 

  • March 31, 2020: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Year Lost" and Updated "Status", "Description" & "NRHP Status"
  • August 26, 2014: Added by Dave King