The Nashville Nine

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 fifth year 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.

Six Nashville Nine properties have been lost or seriously damaged since the list began in 2009

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.

2013 Nashville Nine

Read the full press release, and see the promotional poster.

Cordell Hull State Office Building - c. 1952-1954
436 6th Avenue North

Ben West Public Library - c. 1966
225 Polk Avenue

Geist and Sons Blacksmith Shop and Geist House - c. 1891-1908
309-315 Jefferson Street

Kellytown Archaeological Site - A.D. 950-1450
Hillsoboro Road at Old Hickory Blvd

U.S. Naval Building - c. 1948-1949
At Shelby Park, S. 20th Street

The United Methodist Publishing House - c. 1957
807 Demonbreun Street

The M.T. Gossett Building - c. 1949
1201-1215 Church Street

The Roxy Theater - c. 1914
827 Meridian Street

C.E. McGruder Center at historic John Early School - c. 1934
2013 25th Avenue North

2012 Nashville Nine

Free Will Baptist Bible College/ Welch College - early 1900s
3606 West End Avenue, Nashville

Hillsboro West End National Register Historic District - c. 1910 - 1940
Midtown, Nashville

Hillsboro Village - early 1900s
Midtown, Nashville

John Geist & Sons Blacksmith Shop - early 1891-1905
311 Jefferson Street, Germantown

Monroe Harding, Inc. - c.1930s
1120 Glendale Street, Green Hills

Montgomery House - c.1910
914 Meridian Street, East Nashville

Mt. Olivet Cemetery Chapel and Office - 1870s
914 Meridian Street, East Nashville

Wade School - 1936
5022 Old Hydes Ferry Pike, Scottsboro and Bell's Bend

Utopia Hotel - 1890 to 91
206 Fourth Avenue, Downtown


2011 Nashville Nine

Fehr School - Built 1924
1624 5th Avenue North, North Nashville

French-Starr Piano Building – Built 1889
240 5th Avenue North, Downtown
Gallatin Road Fire Hall for Engine No. 18 – c. 1930s
1220 Gallatin Road, East Nashville
Highland Heights School – c. 1930s
123 Douglas Ave., East Nashville
Hughes House – c. 1870
1724 Jefferson Street, North Nashville
McGavock House – c. 1840,
908 Meridian Street, East Nashville
Percy Warner Park Picnic Shelters – c. 1930s
7311 Highway 100, West Nashville
Tennessee State Prison – Built 1898
6410 Centennial Blvd., West Nashville
TSU Hale Stadium and Field House - Built 1953
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville
READ the Press Release.

2010 Nashville Nine

Fort Nashborough

John Geist & Sons Blacksmith Shop

Friendship Community Outreach Center

Gallatin Pike Historic District

Iser-Bloomstein House / Workmen’s Circle Hall - Read the press release for an exciting update!

Tennessee Department of Highways Building

Imperial House Apartments

Centerstone / Dede Wallace Center

Lock Two Park Buildings

2009 Nashville Nine

McCampbell House

Jackson House

“Silverdene,” Lawrence Finn House

Mt. Olivet Cemetery Chapel & Office

U.S. Post Office at 16 Arcade

Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ

Home for Aged Masons/Masonic School

Historic Neon Signs

Historic Neighborhood Schools


READ the press release.