Construction cranes dominate the Nashville skyline as the city continues to boom and old buildings constantly get demolished to make way for new ones. But if the city has anything to say about it, famed “Music Row” will gain protection from the new noise.
The National Parks Service announced support for a research initiative that could land as many as 65 buildings on Music Row on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the area’s first recording studios, House of David, just gained a spot on that register. Which means the area now holds four nationally recognized historic places.
Of course, hundreds more music businesses line the street in the Nashville neighborhood. Since the 1950s, Music Row became synonymous with the commercial music industry in America. That’s why the National Trust for Historic Places named the area a “national treasure.”
Executive VP of the National Trust for Historic Places David Brown says the Park Service’s endorsement of Music Row research is a good sign. “Reusing and reinvesting in the historic properties of Music Row will help create a vital and economically strong area that will sustain key treasures of our nation’s musical heritage,” Brown told The Tennessean.
But not everybody understands the importance of Music Row. Expensive apartments sadly replaced several key buildings in the area over the past few years.
The issue came to a head in 2014, when famous RCA Studio A almost bit the dust. Preservationists and artists stepped in to save the studio, which notable producer Dave Cobb now operates.