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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The home owned by Elvis Presley’s longtime and controversial manager is under contract, and the potential new owner wants to tear it down and
build a car wash.

The 80-year-old home was where Colonel Tom Parker lived. It also housed the Elvis Presley Fan Club. The legendary singer would also stay there when he was in Nashville.

“When I was in high school, we used to drive by and look to see if the pink Cadillac was here,” said current owner Steve North. “If it was here, we would know Elvis was off the road
and in town.”

North grew up in Madison, not far from Parker’s home. Twenty years ago, North bought the 1215 Gallatin Pike property and turned it into a law office for him and his son.

North told News 2 he is retiring and his son, who runs a non-profit, need to sell it.

The house has actually been up for sale for four years, said North. He said he’s gotten few legitimate bites, not even from Graceland.

“I called Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises,” North told News 2. “I don’t think they want to draw away from their Memphis connection.”

North said he finally got an offer from a man who wants to tear the home down and build a car wash.

“It breaks my heart but I’ve got to be realistic,” he said.

If the contract goes through and the Metro Board of Zoning Appeals approves the plan, bulldozers will be out soon.

“I’m going to be here to watch,” North said. He told News 2 that Col. Parker sold tons – literally – of Elvis memorabilia in 1992.

“He was a genius, but he was a scoundrel. I doubt he got rid of everything,” North said of the Colonel. “I want to see what’s in the walls.”

The non-profit group “Historic Nashville” included the Col. Parker home on its list of Nashville’s “Most Endangered Historic Places” (see below).

The Board of Zoning Appeals meeting is Thursday at 1 p.m.

The article below was published by HISTORIC NASHVILLE Inc

COLONEL TOM PARKER HOUSE
1215 Gallatin Pike South – Madison, built c.1935

Located on Gallatin Road in Madison, this 80-year-old stone building is the former home and office of Colonel Tom Parker, legendary manager for music stars such as Elvis
Presley, Hank Snow and Eddy Arnold. Thomas A. “Tom” Parker (1909-1997) was a Dutch-born, American talent agent who lived in Florida before moving to Nashville in the early
1950s. Parker lived here with his wife Marie (1908-1986) and owned this property from 1953-1992. “I don’t think I’d have ever been very big if it wasn’t for him,” said Elvis. “He’s a
very smart man.”

The historic landmark is extremely important to Nashville’s music history and one of the few remaining buildings in Tennessee directly related to Elvis Presley, who often stayed
here when he was in Nashville recording some 250 songs at RCA Victor Studio B on Music Row. The building also housed the Elvis Presley Fan Club and publicity department of
the Elvis Empire. Built around 1935, the two-story, three-bedroom house retains original features, including a concrete shingle roof, knotty pine walls, a basement entertainment
bar and bathrooms with pink, aqua and black tiles.

The property also features an original guest house where Elvis stayed and a patio with a stone fire pit. Attorney Steve North and his wife Jo Ann North, a former Metro
Councilwoman, purchased the building in 1996 and used it for the offices of his law firm. They are currently seeking a preservation-friendly buyer. The building is threatened by
development pressure.

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PARKER HOME MAY FACE DEMOLITION
January 02, 2017  -  WKRN /  Historic Nashville Inc /  Elvis Express Radio