Councilmember Nancy VanReece in front of Star-Day King Studios on Dickerson Pike/ W. Due West Ave. Photo: Chad McClarnon

Councilmember Nancy VanReece in front of Star-Day King Studios on Dickerson Pike/ W. Due West Ave. Photo: Chad McClarnon

I am happy indeed to see the Madison Bowl property and the Star-Day King Studios in District 8's Madison, have been added to the Historic Nashviile, Inc's Nashville Nine list for 2016.  I hope that the energy about their stories will  bring restoration and attention to  their part in the Madtown/Madison renaissance.

Also included in the grouping of bowling ally respect was the Inglewood Bowl, also in District 8 near Hart Lane.  Unfortunately, this property is in no shape to be considered for restoration so I am surprised to see it included. The good news: the owner, March Edgerton has a solid reputation for the respect of neighborhood history and I will work with him to see that a memory of this  vital "sense of place from the past" is realized as an opportunity for him to continue that reputation.

The Madison Bowl

The Madison Bowl property directly on Gallatin near the Old Hickory Blvd intersection is one of the largest properties in D8 that is ideal for commercial/mixed use development of 3.54 acres. I hope that someone will realize the potential of saving this landmark and work with the community in the revisioning of its purpose

Star-Day King Studios

The attention that the Nashville Nine list brings to this property will hopefully help something move forward  rather than cause it to stall.

I've spoken of the history of the Star-Day King Studio before. Although there has been quite a bit of interest from preservationists that range from East Nashville to England to purchase this property, the owner has yet to settle on a reasonable price for a dilapidated building that sits in the flood plain. 

Since 2009, Historic Nashville has published the annual Nashville Nine, a list of the city’s historic properties endangered by demolition, neglect or development.  Every year the Nashville Nine is compiled through a public nomination process revealing historic buildings and places that matter to the people of our city.
Since the program’s inception, Historic Nashville has brought to the public’s attention a wide variety of the city’s endangered landmarks, including historic houses, park buildings, civic landmarks, commercial buildings, neighborhood schools, churches and even neon signs.  These properties represent a range of historic time periods, architectural styles and building types that embody Nashville and Davidson County’s rich cultural history.