Case Studies

Transforming downtown, one building at a time

The Derry Down

297 Fifth Street NW, Winter Haven

For years, Six/Ten owned and used this dilapidated building as a storage shed—unaware of it’s original purpose.

It wasn’t until author Bob Kealing discussed the Derry Down in his biography, Calling Me Home, Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock, that Six/Ten realized it was in possession of a cultural landmark, the birthplace of “cosmic American” music. Established by Parson’s stepfather, Parsons started performing there and the site was an integral part of the Central Florida teen circuit that supported up-and-coming Polk talent like Jim Carlton, the indomitable Jim Stafford, Carl Chambers and Jon Corneal, among others.

As part of its efforts to reanimate downtown Winter Haven, Six/Ten donated the Derry Down to the Main Street organization to carry out the building’s historical restoration. The Derry Down has become a preeminent listening room hosting both new talent and famed musicians. For more check out the Derry Down’s website.