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Grandeur that was never to return

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Elks Club


ElksGlubCharles W. Cushman Photograph Collection

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Governor’s Mansion, Seventh Ave. Nashville, TN
You can see the top of the capitol building in the center.


The curent Governor’s Mansion is located off of Franklin Rd. between the Woodmont Blvd./Thompson Ln. interchange on S. Curtiswood Lane.

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Guzze house

Shelby Avenue

I am told this was next to what is now the the Exxon station near the Titan’s stadium and called the Guzze house.
-Photo courtesy Beth Hardaway-

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1405 Broad Street

1405 Broad Street
Built by Capt. Robert Hunter

Photo taken in 1896

The people on the front porch are Mary Hunter Kirkpatrick and her husband, Hugh F. Kirkpatrick.
Suzie Hunter at the right was later married to Olin West.

Thanks to Jim Stephens and Carl Zibart’s book for this info.

Wouldn’t you love to still see this home today?

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“The one with the Tower and street car lines was located on Ninth and Demonbreun – or one source says vauxhall street- so that was the seven baptist church steeple in the background. House was located on Ninth (or Vauxhall) whatever the next street over from Eighth is- on the corner of Demonbreum. Appears to be facing South on the northeast corner.”
Thanks to Jim Stephens for this info.

“Edgewood” was a house that was run as an apartment house in the 1920s and was known as the Claiborne.  My great grandmother ran it starting in 1924.

Before it was the Claiborne, it was the Drouillard Mansion.  Captain James Drouillard was part of the occupying Union army in Nashville in 1864.  He met and married a wealthy young Nashville woman.  Nashville was apparently not particularly hospitable to Union officers immediately after the war so the couple moved to Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee and built Drouillard House which still exists.  They eventually moved back to Nashville and built the mansion that became the Claiborne.  It was described by the newspaper as “one of the largest and finest residence buildings ever erected in Nashville.”

Michael Bligh

Thanks to Jim Stephens for this image.


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