Country music hall of fame building at Stampede grounds for sale

The way a country crooner might sing it, there’s nothing left inside these four walls save for the memories.

That sentimental spirit is what the National Music Centre hopes to cash in on as it puts its Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame digs up for sale.

The 5,000 square-foot, two-storey log cabin sits on the Stampede grounds.

It must be sold and moved off the property by mid-February.

For just $150,000 (plus moving expenses), its new owner can enjoy a ready-made country shack, themed bar or restaurant, or even a new barn.

All with the ghosts of Anne Murray memorabilia and Hank Snow’s rhinestone-studded cowboy couture knocking about.

It’s a steal from the original list price of $250,000, said Century 21 realtor Dennis Plintz, who is handling the sale.

“Buyer’s imagination. There’s tons you can do with the building,” Plintz said during a tour on Monday.

The log building was home to more than 1,300 collectible items during its time on the Stampede grounds.

During the 10 days of Stampede, up to 10,000 visitors tramped through the building to check out the country music trinkets, awards and other bits from the collection.

It’s a large, handsome building, with a vaulted ceiling and cedar woodwork throughout. The sweeping entrance way splits into a second level landing, with two staircases climbing to the upper floor.

Today, velvet-lined display nooks built into the walls sit empty. Windows are covered in plastic and a layer of dust has settled on light fixtures.

When it bought the building in 2009, the National Music Foundation agreed to move the cabin from grounds by mid-February to make way for Stampede expansion.

The hall of fame collection is now being stored at the Cantos Music Foundation until it can be moved to a permanent home at the new National Music Centre, likely in 2014, said collections and artifact care manager Jesse Moffatt.

The funds from the sale won’t go to the music centre’s fundraising project. Rather it will recover the costs of acquiring the building, Moffatt said.

A number of interested buyers have ponied up bids for the former shrine to homegrown country music stars, said Plintz.

All offers are being entertained, with the caveat that the buyer must understand the building must be moved, he said.

The cabin is indeed habitable.

It’s got heating capabilities, bathrooms and insulation.

“With some modifications it could be occupied for all the seasons Alberta has to offer,” Plintz said.

Moving the structure is likely to be an onerous task of deconstructing, modifying, salvaging and eventually reconstructing the top storey.

That process, for which the new owner takes responsibility, is likely to double the price tag.

Source: Calgary Herald