John Coltrane Home

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Coltrane House
The house in 2009
John Coltrane Home is located in New York
John Coltrane Home
Location 247 Candlewood Path, Dix Hills, New York[2]
Coordinates 40°47′59.29″N 73°19′27.43″W / 40.7998028°N 73.3242861°W / 40.7998028; -73.3242861Coordinates: 40°47′59.29″N 73°19′27.43″W / 40.7998028°N 73.3242861°W / 40.7998028; -73.3242861
Area 3.4 acres (1.4 ha)
Architectural style Mid 20th Century Ranch
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 07000628[1]
Added to NRHP June 29, 2007

The John Coltrane Home is a house in the Dix Hills neighborhood of Huntington, Suffolk County, New York, where saxophonist John Coltrane resided from 1964 until his death in 1967.[3] It was in this home that he composed his landmark work, A Love Supreme.[4]

Background[edit]

Coltrane and his wife moved their family to Long Island in 1964. The family included his wife, Alice; her daughter, Michelle, from a previous marriage; and their three children, John Jr., Ravi and Oran.[5] He lived in this house until he died from liver cancer at Huntington Hospital on July 17, 1967, at the age of 40. Alice Coltrane lived in the house until 1973.[3]

The basement of the house was the site of Coltrane Studios, where many of his demo recordings were made. It is a 1950s era brick and wood frame "Farm Ranch" building with four bedrooms, living room, studio in the basement and a practice room above the garage. The practice room above the garage, specifically, has been credited as being the site where A Love Supreme was composed.[6][7]

In 2002, the 3.4 acres (1.4 ha) plot and house were threatened by a property developer, Ash Agrawal, who was going to raze the house and subdivide the grounds. A local historian, Steve Fulgoni, launched a campaign to find a benefactor to buy the home in 2004,[8] and in 2006 it was purchased by the Town of Huntington and given to the "Friends of the Coltrane Home."

In 2007, the home was added to the New York State and the National Register of Historic Places.[9] This honor is rare, given the relatively new construction of the house, but is a reflection of its significance. In 2011, the National Trust for Historic Preservation included the home on its list of the 11 Most Endangered Places.[10]

See also[edit]

Historic marker in front of the house.


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