|NASHVILLE, Tenn. Nov. 7, 2019 – Historic Nashville, Inc. (HNI) today announced its 2019 Nashville Nine at a press conference held at the internationally renowned music venue, the Exit/In.
The Exit/In is part of a stretch of Elliston Place known as the Rock Block, one of the sites that made this year’s list of historic Nashville properties and neighborhoods most threatened by development, neglect, or demolition. The 2019 Nashville Nine locations, nominated by members of the community, will be the focus of Historic Nashville’s advocacy and outreach throughout the coming year.
“By listing these nine properties, we are underscoring the ongoing threat to our city’s most valuable historic places,” says Elizabeth Elkins, Vice President of Historic Nashville, Inc., and Chair of the Nashville Nine Committee. “Whether it be through development, bad politics, or neglect, each of these nine properties is at risk. As we all watch our city change at an extraordinarily rapid and unprecedented pace, I hope that every Nashvillian considers the impact these potential losses have on the character of our environment. The loss of the past will undoubtedly be a huge factor in our city’s future.”
Historic Nashville works to promote and advocate for the recognition of historic places and the impact they have on the culture, commerce, and creativity of the city. Over the years, Historic Nashville has successfully assisted in the preservation of numerous landmarks such as the Ryman Auditorium, Union Station, and the Hermitage Hotel.
The past year has seen success stories for some properties from previous years’ lists. The Gower Cemetery, one of the rural cemeteries listed in 2015, recently won a preservation award from the Metro Historical Commission. The Belair Mansion, which appeared on the 2014 list, opened as a bed and breakfast following its restoration. The inclusion of the old Tennessee School for the Blind on the 2018 Nashville Nine increased awareness about the building’s history, leading to the defeat of a bill that would have resulted in this building’s demolition. Many other properties, though, remain at risk.
For places on this year’s list, Historic Nashville will work with the owners, government agencies, and the public to educate, evaluate and create solutions for preserving these important elements of Nashville’s unique history and sense of place.
The Nashville Nine is Historic Nashville’s most important advocacy event of the year. Historic Nashville accepts nominations for the Nashville Nine year round at www.historicnashvilleinc.org.