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John and Alice Coltrane Home Designated a National Treasure

Plans are announced to restore the Long Island house and open it to the public as a cultural center

The John and Alice Coltrane Home
The John and Alice Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, N.Y. (photo: Alan Nahigian)

In a moving ceremony yesterday (Oct. 9) in Dix Hills, N.Y., the National Trust for Historic Preservation officially designated the building that was home to the family of John and Alice Coltrane between 1964 and 1973 as a National Treasure. This means that the Trust, through its National African American Cultural Heritage Fund, will join with the nonprofit Friends of the Coltrane Home to help preserve the suburban Long Island house—which narrowly avoided the wrecking ball 14 years ago—with the aim of eventually opening it to the public.

“The Coltrane Home is a physical manifestation of jazz history,” said Brent Leggs, director of the African American Cultural Heritage Fund, as he stood outside the house’s front door. “We are committed to creating a new kind of historic site here: one that will inspire both music and social justice, a cultural center where the humanitarian spirit of John and Alice Coltrane is written on the very walls.”

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