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Park Service Acknowledges Historic Character Of Music Row


The National Park Service recently approved a 2015 National Trust for Historic Preservation study about Music Row’s historical significance. The document details almost 400 music-related properties in the area, reports Music Row magazine, beginning with the property that brothers Owen and Harold Bradley converted from an old home into a recording studio in 1954. From there, Music Row evolved into the epicenter of Nashville’s music business and its international reputation as Music City.

The move is a major step in the preservation of the district, since it will help property owners who seek National Register designation for their Music Row buildings. Once a building is listed on the register, owners can pursue federal historic tax credits to help fund historic rehabilitation, among other benefits.

Separately, the Metro Planning Department is using the research to develop a new Music Row Code to shape future development of Music Row with an eye toward preserving its historic character. The code would make it considerably harder for owners to demolish or renovate buildings listed on the register or eligible for the register. It evoked some vocal outcry when unveiled earlier this year.

At the same time, the NPS approved a nomination to list the House of David Recording Studio Complex in the National Register of Historic Places. Many major artists have recorded there, such as Neil Young, Tom Jones, BB King, Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris. [Music Row]