The Hermitage Hotel

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• Discover the heritage of women’s suffrage at The Hermitage Hotel, which served as national headquarters for both pro and anti-suffrage causes in 1920. Then head down the street to the Tennessee State Capital, where the state legislators cast their votes for the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

• Walk through the spaces where presidential visits brought fame and excitement, starting with President William Howard Taft's visit in 1911. In subsequent years, Presidents Woodrow Wilson, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush spent time at the hotel.

• Admire the musical heritage of The Hermitage Hotel. This spectacular historic destination has hosted many illustrious musicians over the years, including Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash. In the 1940s, the leader of the hotel orchestra, Francis Craig, composed and played a song named “Near You” in the Grill Room. It quickly became one of America’s top selling songs in 1947.

• Appreciate The Hermitage Hotel’s wonderfully preserved historic facade. Designed by the renowned architect James Edwin Ruthven Carpenter, the building’s exterior displays one of Nashville’s best examples of Beaux-Arts-style architecture. Carpenter himself was an ardent student of French design, having studied abroad at the renowned École des Beaux Arts in Paris.

• Examine the rich architectural details within the hotel’s stunning lobby. Perhaps the greatest defining feature is the magnificent skylight that sits atop the golden-hued space. Some of the panels displayed amazing detail, including mythological figures like Roman god Janus.

• Relax within the spectacular accommodations of The Hermitage Hotel. They have hosted all kinds of illustrious guests, including Hollywood superstars like Great Garbo, Gloria Swanson, Vivian Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, and Bing Crosby. Rudolf Wanderone—the legendary pool player known to history as “Minnesota Fats—even lived inside the hotel for six years during the 1980s!

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