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Conway Twitty‘s historic Nashville Mansion, once a cherished icon of the late country music legend, is now facing the threat of demolition following the devastating tornado that struck Middle Tennessee on December 9.
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Originally constructed in 1982, the mansion, situated in Hendersonville, Tennessee, held significant sentimental value as it served as the residence of the legendary singer/songwriter Conway Twitty from 1981 until his passing in 1993.
The property, which is now under the ownership of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), suffered extensive damage during the recent tornado outbreak, pushing forward the already existing plans to tear down several structures on the estate.
Known as “Twitty City,” the mansion, which features a museum, auditorium and gift shop, has become a focal point for fans and tourists to honor the memory of the country music icon.
Even prior to the destruction the property faced from the tornado, Hendersonville Planning Commission had already initiated plans to demolish the mansion as part of a redevelopment strategy for the property. The proposed plans aim to replace most of the existing buildings throughout the property, not including Huckabee Theatre, the barn and segments of the “Hello Darling” brick wall surrounding Twitty’s former home.
The vision for the renovated space includes the construction of assistant and independent living facilities, along with a new studio, according to Hendersonville Standards. The goal is to create a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood tailored for senior citizens.
Despite the unfortunate loss of this historic landmark, developers express a commitment to preserving Twitty’s legacy. Discussions are underway to secure the rights for displaying memorabilia from Conway Twitty’s career, hopefully making some sort of museum on the property. These actions reflect an attempt to pay tribute to the legendary singer and ensure that elements of his rich history continue, even as the physical structure that once housed his life and music faces the inevitable outcome of demolition.