The John Coltrane Home is a 1952 ranch-style house on Long Island, New York. Long driveway, corner windows, white aluminum and red brick, and wrought iron stair rails. You know the house, because it's the same one that lines the curvilinear streets of American suburbs nationwide.
Listed as one of this year's America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, the John Coltrane Home is special not for its specific design, craftsmanship, or contribution to its surroundings - but instead for what happened inside. Unfortunately the house is in disrepair, and preservationists - already having saved the house from demolition in 2003 - are looking for funds to fully restore the home.
The house was lived in by American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane, his wife Alice, and their three young children from 1964 until the artist's death in 1967. Although not the only home Coltrane composed in, this one is known for being the place he came up with one of his most famous pieces, "A Love Supreme."
Watch Hollow Hills Patch's video of the 11 Most announcement, which includes a great tour of the house given by John's son Ravi:
Looking for more? Here are a few more articles about the home's designation:
- CBS Early Show: Jazz legend's historic home on threatened list
- Long Island Press: Dix Hills Coltrane Home Restoration Seeks Funds
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David Garber is a member of the Digital and new Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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