The Heritage Hotel opened in 1910. The hotel was advertised as “fireproof, noise proof, and dustproof” during its opening. The hotel’s intersection includes other great historical landmarks, such as the Tennessee State Capitol and the Ryman Auditorium. It’s architecture, planned by J.E.R. Carpenter, correlates to the Beaux Arts style of academic neoclassical design. The hotel’s notable physical characteristics are the Italian marble in the main lobby and Circassian walnut paneling, which is cut in the same technique as the paneling in the ballroom of the Titanic. The lobby also features stained glass ceilings.
Numerous events have taken place at the hotel for prominent socialites. The hotel became an icon for Nashville’s rise. One of the notable guests include President William Howard Taft who organized a banquet at the hotel on November 9, 1911.
Transportation changes and the downtown’s inactivity hurt the hotel’s business, and the hotel eventually closed in the late 1970s. In 1980, one of Nashville’s marketing firms Gresham, Smith and Partners redesigned the building into hotel suites. Reconstruction continued in 1994-1995 by architect Stan Topol. He helped bring back the hotel’s old, notable appearance. The Hermitage Hotel remains a prominent site for politicians, citizens and entertainers.