Tennessee State Library and Archives

Also known as: TSLA
403 7th Ave. N., Nashville, Tennessee

Neoclassical building with significant architectural features


Overview Looking Northwest

The TSLA as seen from the capitol plaza.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning May 2017



"Designed by Nashville architect H. Clinton Parrent, Jr. and completed in 1953, the building not only functions as a library and repository for the state's historical documents, but also acts as a memorial to Tennesseans who served in World War II. The Neoclassical style building features three and a half-stories supported within a steel and reinforced concrete frame sheathed with a veneer of white Tennessee marble panels and brick."

Quotation from the National Register of Historic Places Continuation Sheet prepared by Ted Karpynec, June 5, 2003. A link to the document is listed below under "Sources."

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 17, 2003
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival
Areas of significance
Education; Architecture
Levels of significance
State; Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • September 23, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • June 4, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos