Demolition Halted On Site Of Country Music's First Hit

Aug 8, 2019

A stop-work order issued has halted demolition of 152 Nassau Street after it began Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Earlier this month, the city of Atlanta approved a demolition permit to tear down the building to make way for a new Margaritaville Resort.

The site briefly served as a recording studio for Okeh Records when music pioneer Ralph Peer came from New York to the South to set up a temporary recording studio.

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That's where he recorded early country, blues, jazz and gospel artists, including what is known as country music's first hit, "The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane" by Fiddlin' John Carson.

The AJC reports that a Fulton County judge issued a temporary restraining order that will prevent further demolition of the historic Nassau Street building until at least Aug. 29.

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On Second Thought dove into the history of 152 Nassau Street and what it means to preserve — or demolish — it. Hear that story here.

It's a round table discussion with Lance Ledbetter, co-director of Dust-to-Digital; Kyle Kessler, an Atlanta architect and preservationist; Steve Goodson, professor of history at University of West Georgia; and Nedra Deadwyler, founder and CEO of Civil Bikes.