Music Row Endangered

Nashville's Music Row Named One of America's 'Most Endangered Historic Places'

Music Row, the Nashville neighborhood home to several music industry companies, has been named one of the 11 "Most Endangered Historic Places" in America by The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Each year, the organization releases their list to bring awareness of threats facing historic places.

"Despite its critical role in the identity, economy, and culture of internationally renowned 'Music City,' Music Row is on pace to becoming a thing of the past. Since 2013, 50 buildings—the majority serving music-related functions—have been demolished to make way for new development," the report reads.

Even the historic RCA Studio A was in danger of demolition in 2014 when a Brentwood developer had plans to raze the building founded by Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley and Harold Bradley. The studio was saved by a grassroots effort and Dave Cobb now records there for his Low Country Sound label.

Just last year, Bobby's Idle Hour, the last standing neighborhood bar on Nashville's Music Row, was set to be demolished. The owners have plans to relocate the bar.

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Carolyn Brackett, the senior field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, told The Tennesseean  last year that preserving Music City's historic properties will require putting preservation tools into place before the next building is threatened.

"Nashville doesn't have preservation tools that other cities use as a matter of course," Brackett said. "There are practical solutions that would balance development with the preservation of Music Row's historic fabric and retain the music businesses that fill them. We urge Mayor Briley and Metro Nashville leaders to adopt them before it's too late."

In 2015, Music Row was named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Other places on the list of endangered historic places include Dallas' Tenth Street Historic District, the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, Ancestral Places of Southeast Utah, the Bismarck-Mandan Rail Bridge in North Dakota, the Industrial Trust Company Building in Rhode Island, the Excelsior Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, the National Mall Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., Hacienda Los Torres in Puerto Rico, Willert Park Courts in Buffalo, New York and the Mount Vernon Arsenal and Searcy Hospital in Mount Vernon, Alabama.

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