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Preservationists ID most endangered structures in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Historic Nashville has just released its list of the most endangered places in Nashville.

They call the list the Nashville Nine, and one spot on the list they consider the most urgent of all. A demolition permit is pending on a building that's gone from maternity to music.

"That's just another example of a way Nashville's losing its uniqueness," said Robbie Jones of Historic Nashville. "That's why people move here. It's why they come to visit. It's why we have 10 million visitors every year. We're a unique city. We're unlike anywhere else."

Since 1929, a building's been part of Division Street, the former Florence Crittenton Home for Unwed Mothers.

"It was a place for unmarried women having children in the early 20th century when they didn't have other places to go," said Jones. "It was converted in the 80s into Music Row businesses, including a radio station and Warner Brothers record label's headquarters for a decade. We have this building left that tells this unique story."

Jones said that's why they're trying to defend it after the owners pulled a demolition permit earlier this year. 

Among current tenants is recording artist Butch Walker, who recently posted a video to Facebook of his team in their recording studio.

"Packing up my studio in Nashville," said Walker in the video. "Another sad, sad state of affairs where we got notice the building was going to be demolished. It's yet another historic recording studio biting the ******* dust."

Reps for the building's owners claim it's become a financial burden, and they're planning to make this space a parking lot. The rep said blasting in the area has led to foundation cracks and sinking of the building. A commercial property condition assessment report also claimed there's significant water damage in some spots.

"We're trying to convince owners there's other options," said Jones.

Jones said the Metro Nashville Historic Commission put a delay on demolition through November because the property is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. He said the owner is the one who would have to pursue that classification.

"There's tax credits available, easements and other incentive programs we can pursue before we make the decision demolition is the right way to go," he said.

Click here to view the full list of the Nashville Nine.

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