Its classical/neoclassical facade, designed by Tisdale and Pension, reflected the prevailing notion that this style represented knowledge.
The prominence of its entrance porch and the richness of its details transform the little red schoolhouse of popular myth into a Beaux-Arts monument to a classical education. (Kreyling, C., Paine, W. Warterfield, Jr., C. W., Wiltshire, S. F. 1996. Classical Nashville: Athens of the South. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press)