History, Architecture & Significance
The historic tower at the corner of 7th and Broadway was the main steeple of the church built 1884-86. In 1965, when the church decided to replace the old sanctuary, it decided to retain the original tower and steeple that had provided the main entrance.
Church historian Lynn May said of this decision:
“The tower symbolizes their sense of indebtedness to those who established strong roots for the growth of the church today. The new building beside it symbolizes their creative effort to meet the challenge of the future.”
The old gothic structure standing majestically beside its contemporary provides a unique architectural sight in downtown Nashville. The forward-looking congregation of First Baptist Nashville has not forgotten its past.