Russell E. Hart Collection

Identifier: MSS.0781

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one Hollinger box and contains correspondence and information about an architectural project entitled "Cohn Junior High School Renovation."


  • circa 1915

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact

Biographical / Historical

Russell Eason Hart was born on December 10, 1872 to Robert Lide Hart and Theodosia Eason and grew up in South Carolina. Hart's college career began at Furman University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy. He then studied architecture at Columbia University. In 1910, Hart moved to Nashville, Tennessee and quickly made a name for himself due to a successful renovation of the Hermitage Hotel.

Hart established a partnership with Eugene Freeland and Martin S. Roberts known as HFR Design. The first project the firm accepted was an extensive rebuilding of the Parthenon, which still remains a major tourist attraction and ceterpiece of the Nashville Centennial park location.

Hart died June 11, 1955.


.03 Linear Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence and information about an architectural project entitled "Cohn Junior High School Renovation."

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

Finding Aid for the Russell E. Hart Collection
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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