• Our Work to Preserve Music Row Hits a High Note

    May 6, 2016

    Tennessee State Review Board taking a walking tour of Music Row

    photo by: Robbie Jones

    The picture includes Patrick McIntyre, executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission and members of the State Review Board taking a walking tour of Music Row after the meeting to review the MPDF for Music Row.

    Great news! Our work to raise awareness of Music Row as hub of music history reached a new milestone!

    On May 4th, the Tennessee Historical Commission’ s State Review Board unanimously approved our study of Music Row’s national historic significance and our National Register of Historic Places nomination for Music Row’s House of David Recording Studio. Both documents were prepared by the Trust’s National Treasure program manager, Carolyn Brackett and Robbie Jones of New South Associates, Inc.

    Both Carolyn and co-researcher/co-author Robbie Jones, are featured in a television segment by Channel 5, the Nashville CBS affiliate.

    The Music Row research document, called a Multiple Property Designation Form surveys Music Row history from 1895 to the present, examining the history of the 209-acre neighborhood and more than 300 properties located within. Our research identified 64 properties that could be historically significant enough to be eligible for individual listing on the National Register. The MPDF thus provides the essential groundwork for property owners to pursue listing their building on the National Register, a voluntary, honorary distinction that will help raise awareness of their national significance and make them eligible for historic tax credits for their rehabilitation.

    It is important to note that National Register designation does not convey any restrictions or protections to the exterior or interior of the property, nor can it be bestowed upon a building without an owner’s consent. If a property owner desires actual protections for their building to ensure its historic integrity and market value in the future, they can seek landmark status from the Metro Nashville Historical Commission which does enact design guidelines.

    The MPDF will next go to the National Park Service for approval, at which point the NPS will have 45 days to take action or request additional information.

    Meanwhile our work will continue in earnest to develop recommendations for preservation, tourism and economic support of the music industry on Music Row. Stay tuned!

  • Studio A: from the Brink of Demolition to the National Register

    August 4, 2015

    Great news! On July 21, the National Park Service announced that the RCA Victor Studios Building, more commonly known as Studio A, was named to the National Register of Historic Places. This designation, which carries no restrictions on how the building may be altered, re-developed or even demolished, makes it eligible for valuable federal tax credits for rehabilitation.

    But just as important, this listing serves as validation of the work the National Trust and its local preservation and music industry allies are doing to document the history of the many buildings along Music Row that give Nashville its title of "Music City." Middle Tennessee State University's director of the Center for Historic Preservation, Carroll Van West, spearheaded the nomination process, and was quoted in The Tennessean as saying, "The National Park Service's final approval and listing of RCA Victor Studios to the National Register of Historic Places is a very important step forward not only for the future of that iconic building, where so much music and music industry history were made, but now it is an anchor for the preservation of other Music Row landmarks and keeping Nashville's creative heart together for decades to come."

    As reported in a Nashville Business Journal piece, for the last six months we and local partners have been "gathering data and research, from a field survey of Music Row's buildings to a collection of oral histories, to help piece together a timeline of Music Row milestones...The groups are also providing research to the Metro Planning Department, which is working on a neighborhood design plan. Although Studio A garnered the most attention thanks to interest from high-profile musicians like Ben Folds and Dave Grohl, the push to preserve more buildings and the neighborhood's character spread up and down Music Row."

    So while we applaud the designation of Studio A, our work ensure the full history of Music Row is told is still very much in progress! Stay tuned for updates on our research and exciting interviews as part of our oral history project, "Telling Music Row's Stories."

  • And the Beat Goes on: Music Row Historic Research Project Announced

    April 3, 2015

    Approximately 100 enthusiastic Music Row supporters gathered at a public meeting hosted by the National Trust and the Music Industry Coalition on April 2 to learn more about historic research study that will tell Music Row’s story and guide plans for its future.

    The National Trust will lead the study, working with local partners, government agencies and preservation consultants, to create a comprehensive Multiple Property Documentation Form that will allow for individual properties to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project will also collect oral histories from artists, musicians, songwriters, publicists, publishers and others about their memories and experiences on Music Row.

    The final historical document will create a master inventory of historic music-related properties and will provide the foundation for a new Music Row Design Plan. The National Trust will work with the Metro Planning Department and other partners in the coming months to create the plan which will guide Music Row’s future development.

    The evening concluded with an outpouring of offers from supporters volunteering to help with research, to provide historical information and to participate in the oral history collection.

    Speakers at the meeting included Carolyn Brackett and Alicia Leuba (pictured) with the National Trust; Mike Kopp, chair of Music Industry Coalition; John Dotson, vice chair of the Music Industry Coalition and founder of the newly formed Music Row Neighborhood Association; Tim Walker, Metro Nashville Historical Commission executive director and Doug Sloan, Metro Planning Department deputy director.

    Carolyn Brackett was interviewed by Nashville’s NewsChannel 5 on the spate of recent demolitions and the importance of saving Music Row.

  • National Treasure Designation Officially Announced in Nashville

    January 16, 2015

    Our Music Row National Treasure launched on January 12 with great fanfare! Approximately 200 preservationists, supporters, music industry reps, and politicians, including Mayor Karl Dean and Congressman Jim Cooper, gathered at historic RCA Studio A to witness the public announcement of our National Treasure designation. Ben Folds, the tenant of Studio A who sparked the “Save Studio A” campaign last fall and his co-manager Mike Kopp (now chair of Music Industry Coalition), made stirring remarks, both praising the National Trust for its early support and making the case for why a vibrant, intact Music Row is so important to the identity of Music City.

    Ben introduced David Brown, executive vice president of the National Trust, who drew on his Tennessee roots and love for country music to describe Music Row’s many contributions to our cultural heritage. He also acknowledged the many partners that will be essential to our National Treasures work, including the Music Industry Coalition, Nashville Office of the Mayor, Metro Nashville Historical Commission, Historic Nashville, Inc., Tennessee Preservation Trust and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.

    Press attendance was strong and enthusiastic, and coverage included the Associated Press, the localNBC, CBS and ABC television stations, Nashville's NPR affiliate, The Tennessean and the Nashville Business Journal. The Associated Press story was picked up by outlets including the New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Miami Herald and ABCnews.com.

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