June 16, 2016 UPDATE: Very grateful for Representative Sherry Jones to take the time to come visit me in my office today to talk about how we all need to work together to save the Masonic Buildings on the TBI Campus.
A dedicated group of Historical Activist, elected officials, and the community need to keep applying pressure on this important matter.
Representative Brenda Gilmore has requested "that no action be taken on either of these buildings until we have an opportunity to fully discuss the issue, come before the commission and present you and the commission members with the hundreds of names that have signed a petition asking that the buildings not be destroyed."
Please sign the petition and SHARE it with your friends.
May 11, 2016 BREAKING NEWS/ TENNESSEAN: Officials hope to save Inglewood's historic Masonic buildings
May 6, 2015 Update on the Historic Mason Buildings. A letter has been delivered to:
Tennessee Historic Commission
Office of the State Architect (Peter Heimbach)
Dept. of General Services (Bob Oglesby)
Members of the State Building Commission:
Bill Haslam, Ron Ramsey, Beth Harwell, Tre Hargett, Justin Wilson, David Lillard, Larry Martin
April 29, 2016
Save the Historic Mason Buildings on the campus of TBI
We've needed to save the remaining historic Masonic buildings on the TBI Campus in D8 for a long time. The alarm sounded after Clint Camp noticed that the State of TN had placed $1.5M in the budget to demolish the buildings. With no public discussion. - Tim Walker from the Metro Nashville Historical Commission and I hosted an on-site visit April 29 with State Representative Bill Beck and State Rep. Brenda Gilmore to talk.
Action will be taken to request a reconsideration to take those same funds and move them toward stabilization efforts. Ultimate restoration and use of these amazing historic stone buildings can be realized only if they are saved from pending demolition.
Be watching for ways to have your voice heard on this with help from our friends at Historic Nashville
Nashville Scene Dec 209: The state controls the fate of some other endangered sites, such as The Home for Aged Masons (R.S. Gass Boulevard off Hart Lane in Inglewood), a three-story Colonial Revival-style building constructed in 1913-1915. It and the nearby Boys' School, built around 1915, are the only surviving buildings from a larger complex dating to the early 20th century. The Tennessee Masons provided the campus as a home for widows, orphans and the aged, according to Historic Nashville, which placed these properties on its list.
Designed by the Nashville architectural firm of Asmus & Norton, who designed the Cathedral of the Incarnation on West End, the columned limestone building is listed n the National Register of Historic Places. It sits now on an office-building campus that houses the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and other state agencies. Purchased by the State of Tennessee in 1941 for use as a tuberculosis hospital, the property was vacated in the 1990s