RCA Studio A, the Music Row building that touched off a sweeping debate regarding the city's music landmarks and overall preservation policy, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Park Service's listing, which was made official July 21 and announced on Friday, gives a decisive win to activists, led by Nashville piano rocker Ben Folds, who fought to save the studio from demolition. Folds leases the building's famous studio, where an array of superstars have recorded, including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Miranda Lambert.
Sharon Corbitt-House, Folds' co-manager and senior vice president of studio operations for Studio A, said news of the recognition felt like validation. She said supporters pushed for the building to be added to the Register well before the turmoil over its future. At one point in 2014, a development team sent eviction letters to tenants and applied for a demolition permit.
“It was like a big hand had given its final blessing on the whole thing,” Corbitt-House said. “It has a big, universal blessing on it.”
The studio building was initially sold last year to a developer who planned to demolish it in favor of condos and a music-themed restaurant. But Folds turned the issue ...