Welcome to the Capitol District! In the shadow of the Tennessee State Capitol, you can find the best of city living, preserved history, and access to parks, greenways, sports, entertainment, dining and shopping—all in proximity to downtown. Join the neighbors of Germantown, Salemtown, Hope Gardens and Buena Vista to learn more about this unique area of Nashville.
Like Salemtown, Historic Buena Vista is bounded by Jefferson St., Rosa Parks, and the freeway. It serves as home base for many who work or study at TSU and Fisk, and boasts wide streets, shady trees, a Carnegie Library, the area's only grocery store, and its elementary school. Once home to Nashville's African-American professional class, Buena Vista has many spacious and elegant older homes, along with churches, small businesses, and a community garden.
A crisscross of 12 blocks just north of Germantown, Salemtown was once home to workers in the nearby Werthan factories, and to the Methodist settlement house workers who ministered to them. Its Fehr School is an historic landmark in Nashville's civil rights history. Still zoned residential, it consists primarily of small single-family homes; an active neighborhood association is working to create parks and other amenities.
Historic Germantown includes 18 square blocks just north of Sulphur Dell and Bicentennial Mall, along with some of the area's finest restaurants and restored homes. Germantown was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and contains a diversity of architecture including buildings erected between 1830 and the present. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated residents, Germantown is a diverse and vibrant urban neighborhood, famous for its annual Oktoberfest celebration.
Just across Rosa Parks Boulevard from the Nashville Farmers Market, the area that is now Hope Gardens was once Nashville's most notorious entertainment district. The city demolished much of it and rebuilt, and the many charming homes and some modern condos now lining its hilly streets form a close-knit community with park, gazebo and community garden at its center. The neighborhood is served by five bus lines.