Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Historic Nashville Inc

  • Nashville, TN
  • http://www.historicnashvilleinc.org/

Mission Statement

The mission of Historic Nashville, Inc. is to preserve and promote the historic places that make Nashville unique.

Main Programs

  1. Historic Easement Program
  2. "Behind-the-Scenes" Tours
  3. Preservation Revolving Fund Program

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Service Areas

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Tennessee

Nashville and Davidson County, TN

ruling year

1975

Principal Officer

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NO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Keywords

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DAVIDSON, nashville, preservation, historic, community, heritage

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Also Known As

Historic Nashville

EIN

62-0979347

 Number

7422100355

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT We begin 2016 with a new administration and a renewed passion for retaining the distinctive history, culture, and sense of place that makes Nashville incomparable. Nashville's unique qualities are directly tied to its historic places - the neighborhoods, homes, schools, museums, parks, honkytonks, recording studios, churches, commercial villages, publishing houses, apartments, universities, office towers, and cemeteries that ground our identity as a city. Nashville witnessed the demolition of many historic places during the last year, and at an alarming rate. In an unprecedented move, the Tennessee Preservation Trust listed the entire city on its annual list of the most endangered historic places. The entire city. The continuous demolition of historic recording studios and publishing houses on Music Row put an international spotlight on Nashville, giving the world a front seat to the drama of the near demolition of RCA Studio A. Other studios were not so lucky. As a result, the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated Music Row a National Treasure. Nashville takes pride in its well-earned position as America's Music City. Music is our city's soul. In order to retain this identity, we must focus on the places where music history was made: where songs were written, music was recorded, and records were published. The places that tell our story as Music City. It's not only our musical heritage in jeopardy: 2015 saw the demolition of countless historic homes, university buildings, churches, schools, factories, offices, apartments, and stores - the places that make us uniquely Nashville. As we look ahead to how our identity will be shaped, Historic Nashville's voice is stronger than ever. Membership continues to grow while our local and national profile is soaring from ongoing education and advocacy efforts. These milestones point to one simple fact: Nashville cares. Our citizens are passionate about historical preservation and the future of this place they call home. This year finds us at a crossroad as a city. Are we willing to continue pursuing economic growth at any cost? Will we shrug our collective shoulders as historic buildings continue falling to the wrecking ball at staggering rates? Or will we pause to find a better way of growing Nashville while also preserving our historic places? We look forward to working with Mayor Barry's administration, along with designers and developers, to keep Nashville unique and not become Anywhere, USA. Brian Tibbs, AIA

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Historic Easement Program

A preservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement that protects a significant historic or cultural resource. An easement provides assurance to the owner of an historic or cultural property that the property's intrinsic values will be preserved through subsequent ownership. In addition, the owner may obtain substantial tax benefits. Under the terms of an easement, a property owner grants the rights to their property's facade to Historic Nashville, Inc. Once recorded, an easement becomes part of the property's chain of title and usually "runs with the land" in perpetuity, thus binding not only the owner who grants the easement but all future owners as well. The Benefits of Donating an Easement An easement is a particularly useful historic preservation tool in several respects. First, it allows an individual to retain private ownership of the property and obtain potential financial benefits. Second, an easement binds not only the current owner, but future owners as well, ensuring that the property will be maintained and preserved by future owners. Third, easements are tailored to meet the needs of the property owner, the individual resource, and the mission of Historic Nashville, Inc. Thus an easement provides the owner with a flexible tool with which to preserve the property for future generations. If certain criteria are met, the owner also can receive a Federal income tax deduction equivalent to the value of the rights given away to Historic Nashville, Inc. Preservation Easement Restrictions An easement gives Historic Nashville, Inc the legal authority and responsibility to enforce its terms. This often includes the right to inspect the property to ensure that the owner is complying with the terms. Historic preservation easements prohibit the owner from demolishing or making alterations to the property without prior review, consultation and approval by Historic Nashville.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$0.00

Program 2

"Behind-the-Scenes" Tours

Wondering what it takes to convert a vacant office building into a boutique hotel? Curious about early 19th-century log home construction? Interested in the nitty-gritty of some of Nashville's newest preservation projects? HNI's ""Behind-the-Scenes"" Tour Series, a special program for HNI members, offers an exclusive opportunity to learn about local restoration and rehabilitation projects going on around Nashville.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$0.00

Program 3

Preservation Revolving Fund Program

Historic Nashville established the Preservation Revolving Fund Program in November 2014 to provide effective alternatives to the demolition or neglect of architecturally and historically significant properties in Nashville and Davidson County. The Preservation Revolving Fund Program is intended to promote the rehabilitation and preservation of endangered historic properties in perpetuity. The Preservation Revolving Fund will accomplish this goal by either accepting property donations or by purchasing options or outright purchase of endangered historic properties in Nashville. The endangered historic properties are then marketed to locate buyers who agree to preserve and maintain them. Protective covenants, in the form of a Preservation Easement administered by Historic Nashville, are attached to the deeds to ensure that the historic integrity of each property is retained. Purchasers are required to sign rehabilitation agreements based on the work to be performed on the property. How does it work? * Endangered historic properties are acquired through donation, purchase options, or outright purchase to save them from demolition, inappropriate renovations, or severe neglect.* Acquired properties are placed under protective Preservation Easement administered by Historic Nashville, ensuring their protection from demolition and inappropriate renovations in perpetuity.* Properties are then marketed and sold to new owners who agree to undertake the necessary rehabilitation.* New owners agree that all rehabilitation and renovation work will follow the Secretary of the Interior guidelines for renovation of historic properties.* All proceeds generated from the sale of Preservation Revolving Fund Program properties are returned to the fund to replenish the reserves which will enable future acquisitions by Historic Nashville.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

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Tennessee

Nashville and Davidson County, TN

Funding Needs

Currently, our most pressing needs are the creation of a solid infrastructure capable of the marketing, membership and development requirements of a full-time staff (estimates around $20,000-40,000 annually); sponsors for special educational programs at historic sites that focus on families and minorities ($500+ per program); seed money for establishing a revolving fund to help save endangered properties ($2,500+); and an office space in a historic building, either donated or discounted rent.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

National Trust for Historic Preservation - Partner

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Historic Nashville Inc

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Principal Officer

NO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"My vision for growth and outreach this year is simple: We are not an organization that is only for professional historians and preservationists. Historic Nashville should be approachable to all people who are interested in preserving our city's history and heritage, regardless of what it is they do for a living. I believe that people can be historians in their own way. I am not an historian, and I know when I started with the organization I was worried what I thought wasn't as relevant because of that. I want to spread the word that is not the case and open the dialogue about what history is important to all people of our community. And, that all people can play a part in preserving those pieces of Nashville's history that makes our city unique."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Brian Tibbs

Moody Nolan

Term: Feb 2015 - Jan 2017

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