Each year, the list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places sheds light on important examples of our nation’s heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. Over 300 places have been listed in its 32-year history, and in that time, fewer than 5 percent of listed sites have been lost.
On this year’s list is Nashville’s Music Row, the heart and soul of Nashville’s music industry since the 1950s. In 2014, when famed RCA Studio A narrowly avoided the wrecking ball and the National Trust named Music Row a National Treasure, we have been working diligently with local partners to research and document the neighborhood’s extraordinary historic and cultural significance, and to propose practical recommendations to save it.
Unfortunately, demolitions to make way for luxury apartments, office buildings, and a hotel have continued. Since 2013, a total of 50 buildings on Music Row have been lost, threatening the survival of this one-of-a-kind cultural district.
With a new plan to guide Music Row’s future under review by city officials, now is an important time to urge Nashville lawmakers to preserve and protect this epicenter of America’s musical heritage.