AP: Atlanta building steeped in music history faces demolition

ATLANTA (AP) — At the edge of downtown Atlanta’s historic core, a nondescript brick building holds a little-known 94-year-old tie to music history — it’s the spot where a song that many deem the first country hit was recorded.

But that physical vestige of Fiddlin’ John Carson may be in jeopardy because a developer wants to raze it and build a restaurant linked to a more modern Southern musician: Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville.

Now, the city is trying to preserve the place where a groundbreaking recording engineer and talent scout captured the sound of a rough-hewn Georgia mountain fiddler on the cusp of summer in 1923.

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WABE: First Country Music Hit Traced Back To Atlanta Building

The city of Atlanta wants to give landmark status to an old downtown building with a little-known claim to fame.

With both Centennial Olympic Park and the SkyView Ferris Wheel next door, it’s unlikely the structure at the end of Nassau street would catch your attention.

“It’s a fairly nondescript, 1920s brick building, two stories,” said Kyle Kessler, standing in front of 152 Nassau Street.

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Saporta Report: City of Atlanta moves to protect three historic buildings

The City of Atlanta is designating three historic buildings to be protected from demolition, according to Tim Keane, the city’s planning commissioner.

Keane made the announcement Thursday evening at the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s  40th annual Awards of Excellence.

Two of the three buildings are 141 Walton St. and 152 Nassau St. in the Fairlie-Poplar district, and the company interested in developing a Margaritaville restaurant and bar has wanted to demolish those two buildings – at least in part.

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