UPDATE: Vote delayed on Pinch District historical designation

Image – Pinch District (Image by: August and Zachary Klinke)

UPDATE (JANUARY 28, 2015, BY AND , WREG NEWS CH3)

‘NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A vote to decide whether to strip the Pinch District of its designation on theNational Register of Historic Places has been delayed. The Tennessee Historical Commission was to vote today on whether the area still qualifies. It was believed the commission would recommend the Pinch District should no longer remain on the National Register because a large number of historic properties have been demolished.’

Full article on WREG here: http://wreg.com/2015/01/28/vote-delayed-on-pinch-district-historical-designation/

 

The fight to save the Pinch District’s historic status

The Historic Pinch District may lose its listing on the Nation Register. Please watch this news clip. MHI will be posting what you can do to help postpone this vote at Nashville’s TN Historical Commission. Although there have been many historic buildings demolished in this area, Memphis Heritage strongly believes that there are still significant cultural resources in the district in a reduced boundary. MORE DETAILS HERE: http://wreg.com/2015/01/22/the-fight-to-save-the-pinch-districts-historic-status-in-downtown-memphis/

Archive information:

Here is The TN Historical Commission’s Facebook page, the vote is scheduled for Jan 28 so please send them a message today: https://www.facebook.com/…/Tennessee…/198186340246273

Below is the list of Commissioners that will be hearing the State’s request to remove the historic Pinch District from the National Register of Historic Places. If any of our Facebook friends know them or has contact information for them individually it would be beneficial that they hear from those in Memphis that feel strongly that this action should be delayed. Thanks all.

From their web site: http://www.tn.gov/environment/history/

Board Characteristics:

Twelve members appointed by the State Historic Preservation Officer for three-year terms. Members must have demonstrated a competence, interestor knowledge in historic preservation and a majority of members shallbe recognized professionals. At a minimum, members must include one professionalin history, prehistoric and historic archaeology, and architectural historyand architecture. The archaeologist must be qualified in both prehistoric and historic archaeology, and the architectural historian or architect must be qualified in both architectural history and architecture. The Chair of the Tennessee Historical Commission’s Historic Sites Committee serves as an ex officio member.

Commissioned under the National Historic Preservation Act.

Beverly Robertson Ex Officio
Chair Historic Sites Committee, TN Historical Commission
Dr. Michael Birdwell 09-30-2015 Historian
Bennett Graham 09-30-2015 Archaeologist
Ann Gray 09-30-2015 Public
Michael Sicuro 09-30-2015 Architectural Historian
Kevin Chastine 09-30-2016 Planner
Lee Ingram 09-30-2016 Architectural Historian/Architect
Dr. Reavis Mitchell 09-30-2016 Historian
Jefferson Rogers 09-30-2016 Public/Historic Preservation
Juan Self 09-30-2017 Architect
Kevin Smith 09-30-2017 Archaeology
James Thompson 09-30-2017 Architect
Learotha Williams, Jr. 09-30-2017 History

DON NEWMAN