“Endangered” as New Criteria?

The question of the day is whether “endangered” should be added as a criteria for what makes a historic hotel historic in the state of Tennessee? Yes, I am being flip but unfortunately the question has more merit than I wish it had. Of the thirty-one National Register-listed properties included in my study, eight of them have or are still currently on an endangered list put out by preservation groups. Crazy, right? Let’s take a closer look.

1. Alexander Inn / Guest House in Oak Ridge was placed on the TN Preservation Trust’s Ten in Tenn list (2002-2003) and the East TN Preservation Alliance Endangered list in 2013. It was removed from the Endangered list in 2014 after the ETPA was awarded a DOE grant (2013) and Family Pride purchased the property to turn it into a senior living facility. See post on Alexander Inn / Guest House.

Alexander Inn / Guest House in Oak Ridge

Alexander Inn / Guest House in Oak Ridge

2. Old Deery Inn in Blountsille was placed on the TN Preservation Trust’s Ten in Tenn (2001). It was removed from the list when Sullivan County was awarded a Transportation Enhancement Grant to restore the Inn.

3. Kingston Springs Hotel and Complex in Kingston Springs was placed on the TN Preservation Trust’s Ten in Tenn (2009). It remains on the list. See post on Kingston Springs Hotel and Complex. 

Detail of facade of Kingston Springs Hotel

Detail of facade of Kingston Springs Hotel

4. Noel Hotel in Nashville was placed on Historic Nashville’s Nashville Nine list in 2014 as part of Printers Alley. It remains on the list.

5. Utopia Hotel in Nashville was placed on Historic Nashville’s Nashville Nine in 2012 and was included as well in 2014 as part of Printers Alley. It remains on the list.

6. Halbrook Hotel – Clement Railroad Hotel Museum in Dickson was placed on TN Preservation Trust’s Ten in Tenn (2004) as part of a group of 15 state owned properties for “inadequate funding.” It remains on the list. See post on Clement Railroad Hotel Museum.

Interior shot of Clement Railroad Hotel Museum

Interior shot of Clement Railroad Hotel Museum

7. Stagecoach Inn in Gruetli was placed on TN Preservation Trust’s Ten in Tenn (2010). It remains on the list.

8. “Colored Hotel” in Union City was placed on TN Preservation Trust’s Ten in Tenn (2006). While it was not demolished, it is in worse repair than when it was listed on the National Register in 2008. See Union City: “Colored Hotel” post.

Detail of facade of "Colored Hotel"

Detail of facade of “Colored Hotel”

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