Hinton, Kem



In this new book, lead designer Kem Hinton first shares the story of the State Capitol, the National Landmark designed in 1845 by architect William Strickland and regarded as the most important building in Tennessee. This is followed by the early inspiration, vision and planning for a park in the Capitol’s viewshed, one that would present “the history, people, and music of Tennessee.” Hinton then explores the political controversy of the park, its completion, and the many features and enhancements that have been made during the past quarter-century, most notably the 95-bell carillon that provides the sounds of the most musical state in America.

The Bicentennial Mall has been joined by the completion of two adjacent structures: the new Tennessee State Museum and the new Tennessee State Library and Archives. Hinton includes an explanation and impact of these important cultural institutions erected at the park’s north end. His book is, therefore, an invaluable document of noble government intentions, creative design, challenging construction, and recent facilities which together have created in Music City a comprehensive, educational destination for all citizens and visitors.


Kem Hinton – is an architect, LEED professional, urban designer, author, historian, graphic designer, lecturer, and visual artist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in Architecture from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. In 1984, Hinton and Seab Tuck established Tuck-Hinton Architects, and there he was responsible for award-winning projects including Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Center, Vanderbilt University Admissions Building, Tennessee World War II Memorial, Civil Rights Room in the Nashville Public Library, Woodmont Hills Church of Christ, Tennessee State University Campus Center, Cumberland Valley Girl Scout Center, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, and MTSU Sports Hall of Fame. Hinton was the designer of the Tennessee Bicentennial Capitol Mall in Nashville.