Here is all the progress that we've been making so far! But we need more help! That's where you come in.
Above Photograph taken in 1968 by Akiyoshi Miyashita courtesy of Yasuhiro Fujioka is of John and Alice Coltrane's practice room in the Dix Hills home.
Virginia Huie of Cablevision's News12 Team gives an update on the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills. We are working hard but still need your help! Watch the video in a new window by clicking here.
ACKNOWLEDGE The enduring importance of the Coltrane Legacy.
RESOLVE To help save the John & Alice Coltrane Home in Dix Hills.
COMMIT To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of John Coltrane's “A Love Supreme” in 2014.
We are the Friends of the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills and we need your help!
There is a house in Dix Hills on Long Island. It is a modest dwelling where John and Alice Coltrane raised their young children. It is the place where one of the greatest musical works of the twentieth century "A Love Supreme" was composed. It has been identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the most endangered historic places in the country.
Above is a photograph that was taken in 2004 when the home was discovered and saved from demolition.
We believe in the importance of preserving and opening to the public this wonderful site. We believe in the cultural importance of this site to promote Coltrane's enduring legacy of music and spirituality. We believe in the significance of these two great African American artists to our history. We believe in giving both the local community and the world at large the opportunity to visit, listen, and learn at the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills.
Carlos Santana, Chair of the Coltrane Home Honorary Board lends us his full support stating, "The Coltrane Home is a beacon to Coltrane lovers, jazz lovers and anyone interested in cultural history. I invite you to listen to the music of John Coltrane, open up your mind and heart to his musical language and visit the home where the universal tone was created."
The Home was saved from the wrecking ball, secured and stabilized, but much more needs to be done. The prominent firm of Frederick Schwartz Architects prepared a Historic Structure Report, an integral part of any historic preservation project. We were awarded grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the New York State Office of Parks, and the 1772 Foundation.
Here is what we have accomplished so far: initial cleanup and stabilization of the home and planning documents including the Historical Structures Report in total worth $134,750.00.
This is a picture of the Coltrane Home as it is now. It has been cleared of debris and landscaping has begun.
We now need to move on to restoration and expansion in the hopes of a limited opening to the public in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of "A Love Supreme" in 2014.
The initial phase of exterior restoration is estimated at roughly $85,000 and includes much needed mold remediation. This will be followed by further exterior and interior restoration and finally a museum interpretation of the home to make it as accessible and user friendly as possible utilizing historical archives, technology and interactive exhibits celebrating the Coltrane legacy. In addition, there will be a meditation garden in the expansive back yard of the home dedicated to Alice Coltrane. The latter phase of the project will be the construction of an education center, including a library housing archives of Coltrane related material and a complete digital listening area.
As we enter this campaign, we do so in the knowledge that this is an important project worth pursuing. We ask for your help because it is needed to see this project through to fruition. And we are grateful for your attention and any amount you consider giving.