Everything old is cool again, as Historic Nashville Inc. revealed its list Wednesday of the nine most endangered historic properties in the city.
Millions watch Mike Wolfe as he hosts and displays his passion for reservation on the popular show American Pickers on the History Channel.
Now, Wolfe, a resident of Nashville, is lending his celebrity to speak about preserving historic monuments at home.
On his cable show, Wolfe travels around the nation literally picking through junk and finding jewels. But he said some of the biggest jewels are right here in Nashville.
"I talk about that on my show. 'We're caretakers of this old gas pump, or this old toy.' Well, we are, as a community, all caretakers of what's going on around us," Wolfe said.
The point of the endangered properties list, organization members said, is for people to become proactive about saving historic Nashville, especially young people who may learn more about world history in school than what is going on in their own backyard.
"People come to Nashville for a reason, because it's different and unique. Unlike any other place, we like to think the reason that is, is because of our historic places," said Robbie Jones, president of Historic Nashville Inc.
The latest list of the nine most endangered historic properties in Nashville includes entries from west Nashville to parts of Donelson.
Among them is Welch College, formerly Free Will Baptist Bible College, on West End Avenue. Its building was constructed in the early 1900s and is the last of the grand homes lining West End, but it could be demolished soon.
Also making the list is the 1800 block of Hillsboro Village. Members of Historic Nashville said there are plans to demolish the block of buildings to make way for a mixed-use apartment development by next year.
The list also includes the Mt. Olivet Cemetery Chapel and Office. Historians say the property has fallen into neglect and will soon be demolished if something isn't done.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:12:28 GMT
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