At 9 a.m. Sept. 9, Historic Nashville Inc. released its annual Nashville Nine, a list of the most endangered historic properties in Nashville and Davidson County.
The presentation was made at Fort Nashborough, an 80-year-old reconstruction of the first settlement in Nashville. The once-thriving living history museum and civic landmark has suffered from years of deferred maintenance by the Metro Parks Department and is listed on this year’s Nashville Nine.
But Fort Nashborough is in only one of the nine sites across Davidson County that is threatened by demolition, neglect or development. Others on this diverse list of properties include an antebellum building in Sobro and several examples of mid-century modern-style architecture.
These historic places were selected from public nominations because of their role in helping define Nashville’s unique sense of place. The list is intended to promote public awareness of the endangered sites and encourage preservation advocacy at the grassroots level.
In last year’s inaugural Nashville Nine, the list included the Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ building, the Mt. Olivet Cemetery Chapel, McCampbell House, and historic neon signs countywide, among others.
The group has had moderate success. After a protracted zoning battle, the Charlotte Avenue church was demolished, but Mt. Olivet pulled its demolition permit and the original neon sign at Fox’s Donut Den was reinstalled after the shopping center was renovated.
“Two of the 2009 Nashville Nine properties — a church and a school — were demolished earlier this year and one other appears to be doomed, but overall we feel very good about the overwhelmingly positive response from the Nashville community regarding this new program and we will continue working to save the others,” said David Price, board president and Nashville Nine committee chairman.
The 2010 Nashville Nine includes:
∙ Fort Nashborough (downtown)
∙ Friendship Community Outreach Center (North Nashville)
∙ Gallatin Pike Historic District (Inglewood)
∙ John Geist & Sons Blacksmith Shop and House (Germantown)
∙ Imperial House Apartment Building (Belle Meade)
∙ Iser-Bloomstein House/Workmen’s Circle Hall (SoBro)
∙ Centerstone / Dede Wallace Center (Woodland-in-Waverly)
∙ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buildings at Lock Two Park (Donelson)
∙ Tennessee Department of Highways & Public Works Building (Midtown)