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Annual Membership Meeting & 50th Anniversary Celebration
January 31, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Historic Nashville, Inc. at Woolworth on 5th for our annual membership meeting and a celebration of our 50th anniversary.
Speakers include HNI Board President Jenn Harrman, Ex-Officio Board Member Bob Tuke, Restauranteur Tom Morales, and Actor Barry Scott.
Light hors d’oeuvres will be served alongside a cash bar.
The meeting is free to all current members with advanced registration. Non-member fee $20 in advance or at the door. All non-member cancellations are non-refundable and will be considered an in kind donation.
Valet parking is available for $6.00 or self-parking is available nearby at the 505 Building garage.
About Woolworth on 5th
The building at 221 5th Avenue North was built in the 1890s, and after cycling through several businesses, opened as a Woolworth “five and dime” store in 1913. The building is a registered historic site as part of the Fifth Avenue Historic District in Nashville. One of the original five and dimes, Woolworth attracted shoppers looking for quality and value.
Since the Jim Crow laws of the 1890s prohibited African Americans from eating at these public lunch counters, generations of African Americans grew up without being able to enjoy this popular American ritual. That was about to change, as African American students attending college in Nashville sought to challenge this decades-old practice of segregation at lunch counters.
The new Woolworth on 5th reprises the original Woolworth as a restaurant and live music venue that honors its history and invites everyone to sit at the welcome table. Morales and his team began work on the historic space in early 2017, renovating and restoring the building to its original beauty. Through a massive restoration effort, much of the original architecture was preserved, including the upper level mezzanine, gilded handrails and wall accents, and hand-laid tile. Parts of the 18,000-square-foot space that could not be preserved were recreated to echo the style of the past: flowing staircases, the rebuilt lunch counter, wood-paneled walls, turquoise colors and an art deco-inspired vibe. The space remains true to its past, while creating new traditions for the future.
**Photo by Nathan Zucker
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