Music Row Designated A 'National Treasure'
January 12, 2015 at 1:10 PM (PT)
Just as the debate over NASHVILLE’s fixation with redevelopment and the proliferation of high-rise condos in the area continues to escalate – particularly along the city’s MUSIC ROW neighborhood – an organization called THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION has designated the ROW a national treasure.
According to a report in TODAY’s (1/12) TENNESSEAN, the organization selected MUSIC ROW due to its “Central importance to NASHVILLE's identity as MUSIC CITY, U.S.A. and the strong desire to preserve it as a cornerstone of AMERICA's cultural and music heritage.”
The NATIONAL TRUST, which was chartered by Congress in 1949, is a privately funded nonprofit group. In the TENNESSEAN piece, executive vice president and chief preservation officer for the group DAVID BROWN is quoted as saying, “MUSIC ROW is the very definition of a national treasure. The sounds created here have echoed throughout the country for decades, earning it an unparalleled place in AMERICA's cultural life.”
The future of MUSIC ROW has been the topic of heated debate since last SUMMER, when RCA STUDIO A was sold and targeted for demolition, only to be rescued from that fate by MIKE CURB, CHUCK ELCAN and AUBREY PRESTON -- under the umbrella of the newly formed STUDIO A PRESERVATION PARTNERS. The trio paid $5.6 million for the property, with plans to operate it as a working studio while offering limited access for education and special events (NET NEWS 12/23).
MUSIC ROW’s designation as a national treasure seems to confirm the feelings of many who work there and who live in NASHVILLE. The TENNESSEAN also says the NATIONAL TRUST will "Research and document the ROW’s history, and develop strategic plans to ensure its sustainability."