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Property Name House of David Recording Studio Complex
Reference Number 16000472
State Tennessee
County Davidson
Town Nashville
Street Address 1205-1207 16th Ave., S.
Multiple Property Submission Name Music Industry Resources, Nashville, Tennessee, MPS
Status Listed 11/15/2016
Areas of Significance Performing Arts, Commerce, Architecture
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/16000472.pdf
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The House of David Recording Studio Complex consists of two adjacent buildings located at 1205 and 1207 16th Avenue South in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. Containing two adjacent parcels totaling 0.36 acres, the music recording studio complex is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) under Criterion A for its historical significance in the areas of Performing Arts and Commerce at the local level from 1974 when David Paul Briggs renovated the buildings and began using them as recording studios and publishing offices associated with Nashville's music industry. A nationally renowned leader in the music industry, Briggs had originally purchased the buildings in 1972. During the 1974-1989 period of significance, as documented in the "Historic Music Industry Resources of Nashville, Tennessee" MPDF completed in 2016, the buildings have been used by artists, singers, musicians, producers, songwriters, and other music industry professionals. Under Criterion C, the buildings are among the best preserved representations of repurposed music industry buildings on Music Row as defined in the MPDF. Briggs adapted the former residences into a state-of-the-art music recording studio and publishing house complex that included living and support spaces for music industry professionals. The buildings maintain a remarkable degree of integrity and meet the registration requirements as defined in the MPDF for the Music Recording Studio and Music Publishing House property types. The buildings meet the requirements of Criteria Consideration G as defined in the MPDF under Criterion A due to their exceptional significance, at the local level, to Nashville's music industry as well as their association with David Briggs, musicians, singers, songwriters, engineers, and producers that have had extraordinary impacts on music from within the studio spaces. The buildings also meet the requirements of Criteria Consideration G under Criterion C for their exceptional significance, at the local level, as well preserved examples of a music recording studio and music publishing house that served as model examples and set trend for Music Row. In addition, the House of David is significant as an archetypical illustration of musicians and artists using smaller, independent recording studios in order to have more control over their music, as opposed to using nationally known commercial studios that were moving into the city, a pattern that ceased around 1989, the end period for this property. The House of David complex reflects David Briggs' success at operating an independent commercial recording studio on Music Row and at serving as a leader in Nashville's music industry.

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Music Industry Resources, Nashville, Tennessee, MPS http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/64501268.htm

 

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