Nashville’s Studio A Saved

Nashville’s endangered RCA Studio A appears to have been saved with developer Bravo Development’s Oct. 3 announcement it is selling the building to AMT Trust for $5.6 million. 


Just a week earlier, Bravo owner Tim Reynolds announced plans to turn the historic studio building into upscale condominiums with a street-level restaurant.

The building has been the subject of a highly visible campaign by preservationists and musicians including Ben Folds, who has rented the studio for the past 12 years, according to the Tennessean.

“From the beginning, I invited offers from those who have alternate plans for the building,” Bravo owner Tim Reynolds told the paper. “We have worked diligently to find an appropriate buyer and received multiple offers in the final hours before the deadline, including some from developers who did not intend to save the building. “In light of public concern, we ultimately decided to select the buyer that plans to preserve the building and hopefully open it to the public.”

The plight of Studio A triggered something of a Music Row preservation movement. With Nashville’s recent economic explosion has come a construction boom of hotels and new housing, including luxury condominiums in some of Music City’s most historic neighborhoods, as spotlighted recently in the New York Times.

The 30 Music Row West building’s famous studio was built by Chet Atkins and brothers Owen and Harold Bradley. It also houses office space, and tenants – who reportedly received eviction notices last month – include country star Jamey Johnson.

It’s not known if the new owners will allow the tenants to stay, according to the Tennessean.