John Coltrane Home

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Coltrane House
John Coltrane House in 2009.JPG
The house in 2009
John Coltrane Home is located in New York
John Coltrane Home
John Coltrane Home is located in the US
John Coltrane Home
Location247 Candlewood Path, Dix Hills, New York[2]
Coordinates40°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
Area3.4 acres (1.4 ha)
Architectural styleMid 20th Century Ranch
NRHP reference #07000628[1]
Added to NRHPJune 29, 2007

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

Background[edit]

Coltrane and his wife moved their family to Long Island in 1964. The family included his wife, Alice Coltrane; 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 is where the album A Love Supreme was composed.[6][7]

Preservation efforts[edit]

Historic marker in front of the house

In 2002, the 3.4 acres (1.4 ha) plot and house were threatened by Ash Agrawal, a property developer who was going to raze the house and subdivide the grounds. Steve Fulgoni, a local historian, tried to find a benefactor to buy the home in 2004.[8] 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. In 2011, the National Trust for Historic Preservation included the home on its list of the 11 Most Endangered Places.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/coltrane-house-fundraiser-set-for-sunday-1.6200278
  3. ^ a b http://thecoltranehome.org "The Coltrane Home".
  4. ^ Virginia L. Bartos (March 2007). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Coltrane House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-02-20. See also: "Accompanying 13 photos". and: "additional documentation".
  5. ^ Seymour, Gene (2007-07-15). "Jazzing up John Coltrane's Dix Hills home". Newsday.
  6. ^ Kahn, Ashley (2002). A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album. Viking Penguin. ISBN 0-670-03136-4.
  7. ^ The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills: Home Photos
  8. ^ "Town Trying to Save John Coltrane's Home". United Press International. 2004-03-25. Retrieved 2008-04-22.
  9. ^ "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places 2011: John Coltrane Home". Retrieved 2011-06-15.

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