February 1st , 2014 17:49 pm Leave a comment

Historians could give Nashville home away for free


NASHVILLE — Nashville’s historical commission may give a 130-year-old house free of charge to someone who is willing to move it to a new address.

The Metro Historical Commission says it has been “overwhelmed” by inquiries about the home on Eastland Avenue.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1iYIM1q ) a few dozen people have offered to take the house, which is sitting on land targeted for development.

“Time is of the essence,” Historic Zoning Administrator Robin Zeigler wrote in a group email to those who expressed interest.

City officials want the 17-room Queen Anne-style home, appraised at about $107,000, to be moved by Feb. 28.

Preservationists hope to find someone who owns nearby land and can pay for its relocation, place it on a foundation and rehabilitate what has deteriorated over decades. A report by the historical commission cites evidence the home was built in the 1880s and used as the Spout Spring School as early as 1891.

One local considering buying the home is Metro Councilman Jason Holleman, who renovated a historic home in Sylvan Park.

“It’s a feasibility issue,” Holleman said. “One of the advantages that I have is I have some land out of the county. The downside is it’s about 70 miles away.”


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