Since 2009, Historic Nashville has published the annual Nashville Nine, a list of the city’s historic properties endangered by demolition, neglect or development. Every year the Nashville Nine is compiled through a public nomination process revealing historic buildings and places that matter to the people of our city. Since the program’s inception, Historic Nashville has brought to the public’s attention a wide variety of the city’s endangered landmarks, including historic houses, park buildings, civic landmarks, commercial buildings, neighborhood schools, churches and even neon signs. These properties represent a range of historic time periods, architectural styles and building types that embody Nashville and Davidson County’s rich cultural history. This year marks the fourth Historic Nashville has been accepting nominations from the public on historic buildings in need of protection. The Nashville Nine represents historic properties across Nashville in danger of being lost to demolition, neglect or inappropriate renovations. Throughout the year, Historic Nashville will focus its advocacy and education efforts on these locations.
There have been success stories from past Nashville Nine properties. The Tennessee State Prison moves one step closer to being redeveloped after very vocal public support for saving the unique historic landmark. The historic Highland Heights School in East Nashville, which houses KIPP Academy, is slated for a $10 million renovation. And the National Park Service is documenting the downtown French-Starr Piano building on 5th Avenue for its role in Nashville’s rich music history.
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