Jimi Hendrix's London Apartment to Be Turned into Museum
Published Dec 30, 2013The building at 23 Brook Street in London, UK, is already a pilgrimage site for Jimi Hendrix fanatics, since a blue plaque outside notes that the Seattle-born guitar god lived there between 1968 and 1969. Soon, this apartment will be turned into a museum, with the rooms returned to their '60s appearance
The Guardian reports that the Heritage Lottery Fund will soon announce a £1.2 million ($2.1 million) grant to restore the flat. It will house items that showcase Hendrix's life and influential musical legacy. There will also be educational space.
Hendrix paid £30 ($52.91) a week to live in the 18th century building with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham and apparently called it "the only home I ever had."
Interestingly, the building is already a musical museum, since composer George Frideric Handel lived at the adjoining 25 Brook Street from 1723 until 1759. Hendrix reportedly knew of the coincidence and even bought some of Handel's works while the guitarist lived there.
The building has been home to the Handel House Museum since 2001, and Hendrix's apartment had been used as the facility's office space. The offices will be moved to make way for the new museum.
Wesley Kerr of the Heritage Lottery Fund told the Guardian in regards to the restoration project, "It will make available to visitors the neighbouring flat where Jimi Hendrix, another extraordinary musical émigré from a more recent era, found inspiration and happiness, transcending musical boundaries in the heyday of rock'n'roll."