Johnny Cash’s spectacular lakeside home has burned to the ground.
The 18 room, 13,880-square-foot house located near Nashville went fast, according to early reports from the local media.
It was in the process of being remodeled and the fire was most likely caused by a [tag-self]wood treatment[/tag-self] used on the inside and outside of the wooden structure.
The wood preservative fumes were ignited by a spark which probably came from a worker’s torch. Renovations were almost completed and the new owner, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees was planning to move into the house soon.
The first fire crew arrived from the Hendersonville Fire Department within five minutes and the all-wood house was already mostly lost.
The multi-leveled house was built in 1968 when [tag-ice]Johnny Cash[/tag-ice] had persuaded the architect, Braxton Dixon, to sell it to him.
It had taken seven years to complete and Dixon had used lumber and materials from 14 different buildings to come up with the unique design. It was built out of a bluff overlooking Old Hickory Lake.
The legendary House of Cash was well known in country music circles.
Not only did [tag-tec]Johnny Cash[/tag-tec] write many hits there, but he had acoustic guitars in most rooms so he could create music as inspiration hit.
Many country music notables visited there along with Presidents and politicians. But the most famous visit was by Kris Kristofferson who arrived by helicopter to promote one of his songs because he couldn’t get past Cash’s publicity machine.
As a result “Sunday Morning Coming Down” was recorded along with many other hits by Kristofferson.