NASHVILLE, TN, August 2020 – Historic Nashville, Inc. (HNI) is accepting nominations for historic properties for the 2020 Nashville Nine, Historic Nashville’s annual list of the most endangered historic properties, including landmarks, bridges, signs, and neighborhoods in Nashville and Davidson County. The Nashville Nine list has been one of the organization’s most effective tools for saving the places that are unique to Nashville. HNI is giving the citizens of Davidson County and surrounding areas an opportunity to nominate the most endangered places in Nashville.
2020 will be the twelfth year that HNI has solicited input from the public for the Nashville Nine program. The list includes nine historic properties nominated by the public that are threatened by demolition, neglect, or development. Over the years, Historic Nashville has successfully advocated for the preservation of landmarks that are “unmistakably Nashville” such as the Ryman Auditorium, Union Station, and the Hermitage Hotel. The work HNI does is vital to preserving the history and vitality of Nashville and is an essential part of the community.
HNI has experienced both success and loss since the inception of the Nashville Nine. Despite the challenges associated with historic preservation, the organization is determined to save the properties that are embedded in the cultural and historic past of the city. And we are seeing results: our 2017 “Nashville One,” Fort Negley Park, was saved from development and desecration by a grassroots movement of preservationists and historians who rallied to maintain the site’s integrity. In 2019, Fort Negley was named a UNESCO Site of Memory for its significance in the story of slavery and African American history in America.
For more information and to nominate a historic property, submit a form via the HNI website. The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2020.
The 2020 Nashville Nine will be announced in October.
ABOUT HISTORIC NASHVILLE, INC.
Established in 1968 and renamed in 1975, Historic Nashville, Inc. (HNI) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 membership organization with the mission to promote and preserve the historic places that make Nashville unique. Over the years, HNI has successfully advocated for the preservation of such historic places the Ryman Auditorium, Union Station, Hermitage Hotel, 2nd Avenue & Lower Broadway and Shelby Street Bridge, as well as neighborhood historic districts throughout the city.
In 1982, HNI established the state’s first Preservation Easement program and currently owns easements on 16 historic landmarks with a market value of over $30 million. HNI hosts an annual membership meeting, publishes an Annual Report, maintains a website, hosts educational programs such as Behind-the-Scenes tours, and promotes the annual Nashville Nine list of the city’s most endangered historic places. For more information, visit historicnashvilleinc.org or connect with us on Facebook.