Music Row Neighborhood

Between 16th and 20th Avenues from Division and Demonbreun Streets to Belmont University, represents buildings from late 19th century to present.

The Music Row neighborhood has been the heart of Nashville’s music industry since the 1950s, leading the city to its international identity as Music City and drawing tourists from around the world. While many American cities claim individual music landmarks, there is no other neighborhood in the country like Music Row, where songs are written and recorded, publishing deals are cut, royalties paid, guitars repaired, concert tours arranged, music broadcast, videos taped and stars made.

Over the past three years, Music Row has suffered from the demolitions of dozens of historic buildings for redevelopment. Others are currently slated to fall to the wrecking ball and the neighborhood continues to face development pressure. Recording studios, record labels, publishing houses, supporting industries, private homes and other music-related businesses are being replaced with high-rise condos, apartments, luxury hotels and office buildings at a fast pace.

Due to the ongoing demolitions, in 2015 Music Row was designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which is currently undertaking comprehensive documentation of the neighborhood’s historic resources.

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