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Presented by Jim Hoobler, retired senior curator, art and architecture, Tennessee State Museum 

Learn more about Nashville’s historic art deco architecture on this two-hour walking tour led by Jim Hoobler. Inspired by the exhibition American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939, this tour will begin in the Frist Art Museum’s art deco Grand Lobby. Then, participants will visit other examples of the style throughout downtown Nashville, including several buildings designed by Marr & Holman, the architects of the former main post office now housing the Frist. The Davidson County Courthouse, the Federal Reserve Building, the Kress Building, the Tennessee Supreme Court Building, and the Dean Cornwell murals in the John Sevier State Office Building will be featured on this tour. 

Jim Hoobler retired as the senior curator of art and architecture at the Tennessee State Museum in 2020. His previous positions include the curator of the Tennessee Capitol (1988–2020) and the director of the Tennessee Historical Society (1978–1988). He has served on boards of the Belle Meade Mansion, the Belmont Mansion, Historic Rugby, Inter-Museum Council of Nashville, and the Nashville City Cemetery Association. He has reviewed grants for the Institute of Museum Services and served as the chair of the Curators’ Committee, American Alliance of Museums. Hoobler is the author of numerous publications, including Cities Under the Gun: Images of Occupied Nashville and ChattanoogaNashville: From The Collection of Carl and Otto Giers, Volumes I and IIA Guide to Historic Nashville, Tennessee; Historic Photographs Of Chickamauga Chattanooga; Gilbert Gaul: American Realist; L’Héritage du Tennessee: L’Oeuvre de Gilbert Gaul et la Guerre de Sécession américaine; Impressions of Normandy; The South Revisited: Alfred R. Waud, Nineteenth Century Illustrator and Reporter, and Distinctive Women of Tennessee.

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