"Another nice thing about Richland Park is that, when you stand in it and look around you, you get a great view of an interesting urban neighborhood — an old, beautiful school framed by large historic houses on one side, an eclectic mix of weird businesses, fast food restaurants and theaters on the other. Even the interstate in the distance adds to the feeling of being in a neighborhood in a city."?
Well, it looks like I'm not alone in thinking that. On Wednesday, the Tennessee Historical Commission announced that seven Tennessee sites were added to the National Register of Historic Places, among them the Park-Elkins Historic District.
The Park-Elkins Historic District is a two-street area located in the larger Sylvan Park neighborhood of Nashville in Davidson County. There are 130 principal buildings along Park and Elkins avenues, between 42nd Avenue on the east and 50th Avenue on the west. Most of the district is residential, although there are churches, a park and a commercial building included in the nomination. This area is a good representation of the growth and development of suburban West Nashville from the late 1880s through the mid-20th century. The Park-Elkins Historic District contains good examples of Queen Anne, Queen Anne Cottage and bungalow-style houses.
This is great news for a cool part of town, but I admit, it gave me a little chill. I wonder if there's a market for people who get strange vibes about which parts of town are worth historic preservation?