Hunter Museum of American Art

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Faxon-Thomas Mansion
The Faxon-Thomas Mansion, the original section of the museum
Hunter Museum of American Art is located in Tennessee
Hunter Museum of American Art
Location 10 Bluff View Ave., Chattanooga, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°3′21″N 85°18′21″W / 35.05583°N 85.30583°W / 35.05583; -85.30583Coordinates: 35°3′21″N 85°18′21″W / 35.05583°N 85.30583°W / 35.05583; -85.30583
Area 1.4 acres (0.57 ha)
Built 1906
Architect Abram Garfield
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80003809[1]
Added to NRHP November 25, 1980
Modern extension of the Hunter Museum of American Art

The Hunter Museum of American Art is an art museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The museum's collections include works representing the Hudson River School, 19th century genre painting, American Impressionism, the Ashcan School, early modernism, regionalism, and post World War II modern and contemporary art.

The museum is situated on an 80-foot (24 m) bluff overlooking the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga. The building itself represents three distinct architectural stages: the original 1904 classical revival mansion designed by Abram Garfield which has housed the museum since its opening in 1952, a brutalist addition built in 1975, and a 2005 addition designed by Randall Stout which now serves as the entrance to the museum. With the 2005 expansion, the Hunter extended toward downtown. The Ruth S. and A. William Holmberg Pedestrian Bridge provides a pedestrian-friendly connection to the nearby Walnut Street Bridge and riverfront attractions. The glass bridge allows pedestrians to cross over Riverside Drive.[2]

The Hunter Museum is named after George Hunter, who inherited the Coca-Cola Bottling empire from his uncle Benjamin Thomas.[3]


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