Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Jimi Hendrix: There's a Demolished House Over Yonder

According to the BBC, Jimi Hendrix's boyhood home is facing demolition (I've written about this before) and the time is near for the wrecking ball:

A judge in the US has refused to extend an order barring the demolition of the boyhood home of guitarist Jimi Hendrix. But plans to turn the Seattle house into a community music centre have been deemed worthwhile, and its owners have been given until 1 September to appeal.

In a long-running dispute, the Hendrix Foundation has said city officials have refused to work with them. The Seattle authorities said deadlines to move or renovate the house have been missed, warranting demolition.

...The foundation's plans for the property include a facility that will offer music lessons, practice rooms and a library of musical instruments.

Its lawyer said in court that officials in the suburb of Renton, where Hendrix is buried, have agreed to allow the house to be moved to a plot there... The judge would not agree to extend the demolition ban until the end of September, because it was impossible to determine how long the deal with Renton would take to be approved.

Hendrix's family said earlier this year that they still hoped a road would be named after him.
I wonder where Paul Allen is in all this. Seems like he would help fix this, but maybe he doesn't approve of the foundation's plan. If things do work out, they should let Hilly Kristal run the community center.

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