Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Carl Van Vechten Art Gallery

Marker ID: THC 3A 136
Location: 1000 17th Avenue N, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 9.974    W 086° 48.263
  36.16623333    -86.80438333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


This building, completed in 1889, was the first gymnasium built at any predominantly black college in the United States. In 1949, it was rededicated as an art gallery and named in honor of Carl Van Vechten, a New York music critic, author, photographer, and art collector who encouraged Georgia O'Keefe to donate to Fisk University part of the art collection of her late husband, Alfred Stieglitz.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.