THE NASHVILLE NINE HAS BEEN ONE OF HISTORIC NASHVILLE’S MOST EFFECTIVE TOOLS FOR SAVING THE PLACES THAT MAKE NASHVILLE UNIQUE.
NASHVILLE, TN, August 8, 2013 – There is one week left to nominate a historic property for the 2013 Nashville Nine, Historic Nashville’s annual list of the most endangered historic properties 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.
2013 will be the fifth 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.
“People ask me all the time what they can do,” said Melissa Wyllie, president of Historic Nashville. “Community involvement is essential for preservation success. The first place to start is joining Historic Nashville. We are the city’s only non-profit dedicated to preservation. We focus on advocacy and education. Next, look at your neighborhood and the places you pass on the way to work. Is there a place you love or a building you are afraid is in danger of being destroyed? Nominate that one building and partner with HNI to help preserve our city – and its historic past – one building at a time.”
HNI has experienced both success and loss since the inception of the Nashville Nine. Despite the challenges associated with historic preservation, they are determined to save the properties that are embedded in the cultural and historic past of the city. One such Nashville Nine success story is the Tennessee State Prison, which moves one step closer to being redeveloped after highly vocal public support for the preservation of the historic landmark.
For more information and to nominate a historic property, visit the HNI website. The deadline for nominations is August 16, 2013. Historic Nashville will announce the 2013 Nashville Nine in September.
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, an annual fundraiser called the Brick & Mortar Bash and the annual Nashville Nine list of the city’s most endangered historic places. For more information, visit www.historicnashvilleinc.org or connect with us on Facebook or follow us on twitter: @historic_nash.