07/04/11

N.Y Times Editorial: Save Coltrane's Home

Newspaper Calls for Preservation of the Jazz Legend's Former Residence

In an opinion piece in Sunday’s New York Times, the newspaper expressed its hope that the late John Coltrane’s home on Long Island would be preserved as a historical site. Coltrane lived in the house when he wrote “A Love Supreme” and many other late-period classics. The Dix Hills dwelling, now vacant since 2003 and in disrepair, was scheduled to be demolished and the site sold to developers. A Coltrane fan named Steve Fulgoni convinced the Town of Huntington to preserve the land, and it is now on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the article, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has placed the former Coltrane residence on its most-endangered list. Fulgoni hopes that enough funding will become available to turn the house into a cultural destination a la Louis Armstrong’s former home in Queens, N.Y.

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John Coltrane
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John Coltrane [photo credit: Roy Thompson]
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