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Since its dedication in 1925, the historic War Memorial Auditorium has earned a stellar reputation with artists and audiences for its world-class acoustics; open floor and seated configurations; and charming neoclassical aesthetic. The War Memorial Auditorium, built originally to honor Tennesseans who fought and died in the First World War (1914-1918), is recognized for its distinctive architectural design. Architect Edward Dougherty achieved the American Institute of Architecture's highest honor, the Gold Medal Award, for his work, and the building's iconic statue, "Victory," which stands in the center courtyard was designed by renowned American sculptor and Tennessee native, Belle Kinney. The venue has served as home to the Nashville Symphony (1926-1980) and the Grand Ole Opry (1939-1943), and it remains a premier concert venue for Nashville.