Times have definitely changed since country music first made its way onto the scene. And for one historic building, that means being demolished to make room for the hotel industry.
The “Birthplace of Country Music”
Nestled in the heart of Atlanta at 152 Nassau Street, one building holds the title as the “Birthplace of Country Music.” In 1923, Fiddlin’ John Carson recorded “The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane” for Okeh Records. The recording paved the way for future musicians to enter mainstream music with their country sound.
The Okeh recording building was also the first place outside of New York and Chicago to record African-American blues musicians. Lucille Bogan and Fannie Mae Goosby both recorded with Okeh, making southern history.
To Be Torn Down
Currently being used as an office building for a handful of attorneys, the building sits adjacent from a Ferris wheel and the Centennial Olympic Park Concert Stage.
In 2017, developers proposed adding a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville restaurant to the area to bring in tourism.
As plans progressed, the proposed restaurant expanded into a resort which will include 20 stories and will overlook downtown’s Centennial Olympic Park.
While there are supporters on both sides, a petition is going around to halt construction and preserve the historic building. You can check out some of the things the developers have in mind in the video below and let us know what you think in the comments.