NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Studio A has officially been added to the National Register of Historic places after multiple efforts to save the famed recording studio.
The National Park Service made the announcement Friday morning.
Last year, the building was purchased by a Brentwood-based developer, who initially planned to demolish it to construct a five-story building with high-end condos and a restaurant space. Musician Ben Folds said he was being forced out of the building, which caused concern among historic preservationists.
In December, the group Studio A Preservation Partners purchased the historic building for $5.6 million in a continuing effort to save the property.
Studio A opened during the mid-60s after Owen Bradley – who operated the Quonset Hut – and legendary producer/guitarist Chet Atkins – who notably helped found RCA Studio B – decided Nashville needed a more modern recording facility. They worked together to convince RCA to build what ultimately became Studio A.
Over the years, artists such as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, and George Strait recorded in the building.