Tennessee Preservation Trust

Ten In Tennessee

The Tennessee Preservation Trust’s Ten in Tennessee Endangered Properties List Program is TPT’s strongest advocacy tool for the state’s most endangered historic sites. Each year, TPT seeks nominations for the “Ten in Tenn” from the public from each of Tennessee’s nine Development Districts.

What began in 2001 has grown to be a successful program for garnering awareness for Tennessee’s threatened historic properties. Many of the sites listed have received grants from the Tennessee Historical Commission (THC) and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), protecting these resources for generations to come. Listing on the Ten in Tennessee Endangered List raises awareness of the property’s historic value, gives credibility to restoring the building, and draws the much needed attention of the public.

In 2012, past listings received the following federal and state grants:

City of Niota – $156,800 Transportation Enhancement (TE) Grant from TDOT to restore the Niota Depot (2009 list);
Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute, Fentress County
Alvin C. York Institute (2005) – $45,708 THC grant for the continued rehabilitation of the York Agricultural Institute building;

Sullivan County – $828,454 TE grant for the restoration of the Deery Inn (2001);

Taylor Home at Sabine Hill, Carter County
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area – $24,000 from THC to test the grounds of Sabine Hill (2007);

Clarksville – $15,000 from THC to update the city’s existing historic district guidelines (2008);

East Side of Brownsville Court Square, Brownsville, Haywood County Memphis – $3,947,856 TE funds for the restoration of the cobblestone landing (2010); and,

City of Brownsville – $18,000 from THC for a historic survey of the commercial and residential historic districts in the city (2006).

Over half of the properties listed have been saved or are in the process of being protected or rehabilitated across the state. In Memphis, the city is making it a priority to save the Chisca Hotel (2002) and the Sterick Building (2010). In De Kalb County, local volunteers have invested hundreds of hours of repair efforts to the De Kalb County Fairgrounds Grandstand (2010). With TPT onsite consultations, technical advice, and continuing input, agreements have been reached. Demolition has been avoided, and the city and county are continuing volunteer maintenance efforts and public events as they plan the long-range future of this cherished structure. Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed 2012 budget contained $1.1 million to pay for renovations to the Taylor Home at Sabine Hill in Carter County (2007) and hopes to make the house and the 5-acre tract where it sits a satellite site to Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. These are just a few examples of the current efforts across the state to save endangered buildings and sites listed on TPT’s Ten in Tenn.

While TPT has been very successful working with our partners across the state to protect these sites, we have not been able to save them all. Out of the 90 sites that have been listed, though, we are proud to say we have lost less than 10 properties. The state has lost treasures like Fleming Hall at Battle Ground Academy in Williamson County, the Zippin Pippin Roller Coaster and the Carousel at Libertyland in Shelby County, and the J. Allen Smith House in Knox County. Each year, more sites are added to the Endangered List, and each year, we strive to protect these tangible relics of our past.

All sites listed since 2001 are provided with updates on current status, when known. If you have information regarding the status of a listed site, please do not hesitate to contact our office to give us an update. Please note that the listings are made in no particular order of ranking. Ten in Tennessee Listings Archive>