Historic 1800s Music Row Building Demolished


1 Music Square West on April 16, 2014. Photo: @SuzanneSimsLee

The Queen Anne style building located at 1 Music Sq. W. is no more.

Construction crews tore down the iconic building yesterday (4/16) that sat across from ASCAP at the corner of Division and Music Square West (the lower end of 17th Ave. S.). Members of the Music Row community drove by the landmark countless times. According to public records, the building was originally recorded as a single family home with six bedrooms and six baths and is estimated to have been built in 1836, containing 6605 square feet on .52 acres.

ASCAP’s Suzanne Lee shared via Twitter, “It *was* the most gorgeous house on Music Row. R.I.P.” “All of us at ASCAP are mourning the loss of this beautiful landmark,” added Lee. A sentiment undoubtedly shared by many on the Row.

Announced today (4/17), Virgin Hotels, part of the brand established by billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson, will open its third U.S. property in Nashville most likely at this location.

Property on The Row is a hot commodity these days. Developments in-the-works include SESAC’s new $20 million home on Music Sq. E., an 18-story mixed-use property at the roundabout at 1515 Demonbreun, and the purchase of Edgehill Village for $9.2 million. Most recently, a group of property owners went before the Metro Planning Commission on March 13 regarding a development at 54, 56, 58, 60, 62 and 64 Music Sq. W.


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