The Coltrane Home is a nationally valued site that describes the private life of a significant person in American history and also speaks to the African American experience during the Civil rights era. Originally built in 1952, this suburban tract house was purchased by Coltrane in 1964 as a family home and would be his last place of residence before he died in 1967. It was the site where some of Coltrane’s most important work was composed including “A Love Supreme,” which is considered by many to be his masterwork. Until 1973, it was also where Alice Coltrane pursued her creative activities. Thereafter the building lost its association to the Coltranes and fell into serious decline after a decade of vacancy. In 2003, the property was rediscovered with much of its Coltrane-era features intact and was purchased jointly in 2006 by the newly formed Friends of the Coltrane Home and the Town of Huntington. The Friends have successfully stabilized the house, but have yet to engage further plans to restore and interpret the site as a center for education and the advancement of the Coltranes’ legacy. A save for this building entails organizational development for the Friends and assemblage of strong supporters to insure sufficient rehabilitation to allow public access and programming.
2017 STATUS: IMPROVED
• Grant funding for restoration awarded from New York State, preliminary restoration work should start soon.
• Plans are underway for on-site exhibits, programs, training, and outreach to further the appreciation of American jazz and the Coltrane family’s legacy.
• Informative website about the Coltrane Home now online: http://thecoltranehome.org
• Guest contributor Kathleen Hennessy, a trustee of the Friends of the Coltrane Home, shares some exciting plans for the future of the Coltrane Home on SPLIA’s blog: Educate and Elevate: The John and Alice Coltrane Home in Dix Hills
2014 STATUS: IMPROVED
• Threatened by organization’s inability to open the house to the public (mold issues) and lack of capacity. Board development administrative support needed. National Trust engaged to help build capacity and property listed on their 11 Most Endangered.
• Friends of Coltrane received a substantial donation and was awarded grants from State EPF and the 1772 Foundation. Property status largely unchanged at this point: house is stabilized and quotes for exterior restoration and mold remediation are being sought.
• SPLIA’s listing supported National Trust nomination, but Friends do not seek advisory services.
• As of 2014: Friends continue to slowly raise funds, little movement towards restoration and programing