NASHVILLE: REMEMBER BUILDINGS LOST THIS YEAR?

NOMINATE A THREATENED HISTORIC PROPERTY FOR THE 2012 NASHVILLE NINE

The Fehr School was on the 2011 Nashville Nine.
The Fehr School was on the 2011 Nashville Nine.

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NASHVILLE: REMEMBER BUILDINGS LOST THIS YEAR? NOMINATE A THREATENED HISTORIC PROPERTY FOR THE 2012 NASHVILLE NINE

Nashville, Tenn. – August 17, 2012 – Historic Nashville, Inc., (HNI) is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Nashville Nine, its annual list of the most endangered historic properties in Nashville and Davidson County. The Nashville Nine list promotes public awareness of endangered historic sites and encourages preservation advocacy at the grassroots level. The list includes nine historic properties nominated by the public that are threatened by demolition, neglect or development.

2012 will be the fourth year HNI has solicited nominations from the public for the Nashville Nine program. The group expects high participation in this year’s nomination process, as the city has lost several important properties this year, including bungalows in 12 South, a historic neighborhood school off West End, and soon a historic block of commercial buildings in Hillsboro Village.

Past Nashville Nine properties are also in the news as the Tennessee State Prison, moves one step closer to being redeveloped after very vocal public support for saving the unique historic landmark over the past year. 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 5thAvenue for its role in Nashville’s rich music history.

“The Nashville Nine has been one of our most powerful tools for saving the historic places that makes Nashville unique,” said Robbie D. Jones, HNI president. “The program engages the public and allows us to be proactive, instead of reactive, as we attempt to put the spotlight on endangered historic places that all too often don’t get attention until it’s too late.”

For more information, visit the HNI website. Nominate today! The deadline for nominations is Sept. 9, 2012.

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ABOUT HISTORIC NASHVILLE, INC.

Historic Nashville, Inc. was originally chartered in 1968 as The Historic Sites Federation of Tennessee.  In 1975, the name and mission changed in response to the urgency of threats to historic landmarks in Nashville. The nonprofit 501(c)3 organization became Historic Nashville, Inc. Our mission is to preserve and promote the historic places that make Nashville unique. Learn more online at www.historicnashvilleinc.org.

Over the years, HNI has successfully advocated for the preservation of many landmarks, including the Ryman Auditorium, Union Station, Hermitage Hotel, Shelby Street Bridge, and Union Stockyard as well as the Second Avenue, Printer’s Alley, Lower Broadway, and East Nashville historic districts.  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 a newsletter, maintains an active Facebook page and website, gives special tours of local historic landmarks and preservation projects, and maintains the annual Nashville Nine endangered properties list.  HNI also assists Habitat for Humanity with its local ReConstruct program, which renovates historic homes in older, urban neighborhoods.

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