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'Free House' Torn Down After No Takers

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'Free House' Torn Down After No Takers

CREATED Jun 3, 2014

by Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It's stood for roughly 130 years first as the Spout Spring School, and eventually a home. Tuesday the home at 1818 Eastland Avenue once offered to anyone for free came down.

"I heard all the crashing. Saw the smoke of the dust and I thought I'd come over there and take a picture of it,” said Allen Doty who runs Cumberland Transit near Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Rosepepper Cantina.

Old is making way for new despite nearly every effort to save the home.

Grant Houston watches this happen in East Nashville almost weekly.

"The character of each neighborhood is changing,” he said. "The value of the land is becoming the issue."

The property's owner tried to give the home away for free to anyone who would move it and fifty people stepped up, according to Robin Zeigler with the Metro Historical Commission. There are plans for a new development at the site.

"There were several people who even wanted to take it out of county, which would be fine except the further you take it the greater expense there is to move it down streets and lift power lines,” she said.

Zeigler says an ideal candidate would have been someone who already owned nearby property, and the cash to pay for the move. Once you factor in a new foundation and other expenses it was simply too expensive, she said.

"It wasn't just going to sit there forever,” Doty said.

The antique store Preservation Station salvaged a lot of the pieces from the home in exchange for a charitable donation. People there will then be selling pieces they recovered.

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