Friday, September 7, 2012

Buried in the Walls of the Capitol Building

The Greek Revival movement had a big impact on American architecture, and its influence is still seen today. One of the founders was architect, William Strickland.  He was born in New Jersey in 1788, and he died in 1854 while working on what is perhaps his greatest building, the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville.  He fell seriously ill while working on the project and asked that he be buried within the walls if he should die before it's completion.  Sure enough, he did pass away and is entombed in a crypt on the north wall. 

Strangely, another person -- Samuel Morgan - is also buried in a crypt in the building.  He was chairman of the building committee for the construction of the capitol.  When he died, he was buried elsewhere, but his family requested that he be moved to a  niche in the east wall of the south portico.

President James K. Polk and Sarah Childress Polk are buried on the grounds.  They had originally been interred at their home, but when the home's future was called into question, they were moved to a garden at the capitol.  

Who knew?  What an interesting state Tennessee is!

(The photo of the Polks' grave was taken by Joseph A. and shared on Flickr.) 

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