One of my least favorite things about Nashville is that, in its attempt to be a modern New South city, it tries to just bulldoze away as much of the past as it can. One of my favorite things about Nashville is that this bulldozing has not been completely successful. So, a gal can be going to get the new tags for her car and walk right by an old Civil War hospital.
Now, it’s true that pretty much every old, large building in town was used as a hospital during the war. But, as far as I know, there are only two buildings that were specifically built as hospitals still standing (and someone who knows Fisk better than I do is going to have to confirm if I’m right about this): the little white wooden building of Fisk’s campus, along D.B. Todd, kind of across from Albion, and the old Federal Officers’ Hospital up top of the hill on the south side of downtown.
That photo over there to your left is the old Federal Officers’ hospital back when it was new.
And it’s remained a useful building to Nashville. For a while it houses the University of Nashville’s Literary Department and then it was Lindsley Hall when the Peabody Normal College was on this side of town.
It’s still called Lindsley Hall today and it has some job for the city. I guess it’d be easy enough to go see what it is now, but I kind of don’t want to, which is hard to explain. I’m glad that the building has practical uses and continues to be a part of our city, but seeing it used for ordinary things? I just never want this building to be something so familiar to me that I don’t see it any more.
Anyway, I think that photo there is taken from the back side of the building, not only because of the out building, but because the side of the building I took my picture from has this cool window that matches the shape of the doorway.
Had I seen the old picture first, I would have gone around back and confirmed that for you. But I’m pretty sure that the old one is taken from the river side and I know mine is taken from the other side.
But anyway, adventures in historical Nashville make me happy.