Thursday, May 26, 2016 07:00 AM

HISTORIC NASHVILLE OPENS PETITION TO SAVE INGLEWOOD'S MASONIC BUILDINGS

Historic Nashville Inc. and local officials have created an online petition to save Inglewood's historic Masonic buildings from demolition.

The Change.org petition went live Wednesday to keep two century-old, state-owned Masonic buildings from planned demolition.

One of these buildings, which served as the Home for Aged Masons and the Middle Tennessee Tuberculosis Hospital, is on the National Register of Historic Places. While the other building is not on the register, it is eligible, according to Tim Walker of the Metro Historical Commission.

This comes three weeks after Walker, Metro Councilwoman Nancy VanReece, and state Reps. Brenda Gilmore and Bill Beck requested the buildings' restoration in a letter to state architect Peter Heimbach Jr., Department of General Services commissioner Bob Oglesby and members of the State Building Commission.

According to Tennessee law, the Tennessee Historical Commission has the opportunity to review any project that might demolish a state-owned historic property.

Supporters of the preservation are encouraged to sign the petition by June 8. Historic Nashville Inc. and VanReece intend to hand-deliver the petition to the State Building Commission at its next meeting on June 9.

Reach Jen Todd at 615-313-2760 or on Twitter @jentoddwrites.

News source: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/davidson%20/2016/05/25/historic-nashville-opens-petition-save-inglewoods-masonic-buildings/84948858/

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