Jimi Hendrix's House Moved Again
By Margaret Foster | Online Only | Sept. 20, 2005
The Seattle house where Jimi Hendrix lived as a boy in the 1950s has a new address. On Sept. 10, 2005, three days after a Washington state appeals court ruled that the city of Seattle could not demolish the vacant, rundown house, a nonprofit moved the structure to nearby Renton, Wash., just across the street from Hendrix's grave.
The James Marshall Hendrix Foundation, established by Hendrix's brother, Leon, plans to restore the graffiti-covered two-bedroom house as a museum. The foundation moved the Central District house several blocks four years ago to make way for a housing development and has been fighting with the city ever since. The city, which hoped to sell the land beneath the Hendrix house to a developer, ordered the foundation to move the house by June, but a judge issued a restraining order against the city, effectively delaying demolition.
"While we were working with the city of Renton, we were in court working against the city of Seattle," says Pete Sikov, foundation treasurer, who paid $5,000 for the house in 2001. "They were trying to demolish the house as we were trying to save it." Sikov, who bought the Renton lot in June for $1.8 million, says that the nonprofit hopes to open the restored house a year from now. "It's going to be a lot of work yet," he says. "We've got a lot of people volunteering. We really see this as something that is the community's. It really belongs to everybody. It's Jimi's house."
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