Louis Armstrong House

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Louis Armstrong House
Louis-armstrong-house.jpg
Louis Armstrong House, December 2007
Louis Armstrong House is located in New York City
Louis Armstrong House
Louis Armstrong House is located in New York
Louis Armstrong House
Louis Armstrong House is located in the US
Louis Armstrong House
Location34-56 107th Street, Queens, New York
Coordinates40°45′20″N 73°51′43″W / 40.75556°N 73.86194°W / 40.75556; -73.86194Coordinates: 40°45′20″N 73°51′43″W / 40.75556°N 73.86194°W / 40.75556; -73.86194
Built1910[1]
ArchitectRobert W. Johnson[1]
NRHP reference #76001265
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 11, 1976[2]
Designated NHLMay 11, 1976[3]
Designated NYCLDecember 13, 1988

The Louis Armstrong House was the home of Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille Wilson from 1943 until his death in 1971. Lucille gave ownership of it to the city of New York in order to create a museum focused on her husband. It was designated a New York City Landmark in 1988[1] and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

It is located at 34–56 107th Street near 37th Avenue, in Corona, Queens, New York City.[3][4] The house is now a museum that presents concerts and educational programs, operates as a historic house museum and makes materials in its archives of writings, books, recordings and memorabilia available to the public for research.

Background[edit]

The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation gave the house to the Department of Culture Affairs after Lucille Armstrong died in 1983. This brick house was designed by architect Robert W. Johnson and built by Thomas Daly in 1910.[5] Some changes were made to the exterior and interior of the house when the Armstrongs moved in. The porch that was once in the front of the house was taken down and the space was added to the living room. For the exterior of the house the garden was assembled and the garage was constructed by the Armstrongs.[6]

In addition the interior of the house was renovated to their taste.[7] Ornate bathrooms, and the kitchen was not originally part of the house. Paintings and souvenirs were given to Louis Armstrong on tour from Asia, Europe to Africa. These gifts have found a home of their own on dressers, night stands, shelves and walls.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dolkart, Andrew S. & Postal, Matthew A.; Guide to New York City Landmarks, 3rd Edition; New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2004. ISBN 0-471-36900-4; p.283.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ a b "Louis Armstrong House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-15. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29.
  4. ^ Lynne Gomez Graves (February 3, 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Louis Armstrong House" (pdf). National Park Service. and Accompanying photos, exterior, from 1976 (1.36 MB)
  5. ^ http://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/about/history.htm
  6. ^ http://www2.cuny.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2015/01/QueensCollege_HistoricLandmark.pdf
  7. ^ http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2003-11-02/news/0311020215_1_louis-armstrong-jazz-american-music

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