The Long Island home where jazz giant John Coltrane composed his opus A Love Supreme and where his wife Alice Coltrane recorded her landmark solo debut has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Located in the Dix Hills neighbourhood of Huntington, New York, the Coltranes bought the home in 1964 and resided there until John’s passing in 1967 and Alice’s sale of the home in 1973.
As the birthplace of two of the most revered albums in jazz, (A Love Supreme) and (A Monastic Trio), the National Trust for Historic Preservation has ambitious plans to restore the home and make it a place of learning for future generations of musicians.
According to the National Trust’s website, “Future work will involve planning for the landscape and use of the land as a park, and—as part of the home’s interpretation—bringing the famous basement recording studio where Alice recorded her first seminal works back to life.”
In addition to a full renovation of the home, the organization also has plans to install a public park on the surrounding land, while the group that manages the property, The Friends of the Coltrane Home, plans on offering music education programs there in the future.
“Restoring and reusing the home for music education and outreach presents an outstanding opportunity to honour the Coltranes’ values of innovation, creativity, hard work and self-empowerment,” Stephanie Meeks, the president and chief executive of the National Trust, said in a statement.
Earlier in the year, The Friends of the Coltrane Home was awarded a $75,000 grant by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund to aid in the renovation of the two-story home that had fallen into disrepair.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation also designated another iconic musician’s home for landmark status, Nina Simone’s childhood home in North Carolina in 2018.
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