Earlier this week, the Long Island home John and Alice Coltrane lived in for three years was named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Coltranes were already established musicians when they moved into the Dix Hills house in 1964. John, who died of liver cancer in 1967, spent his last years in the home, and composed A Love Supreme—widely considered his magnum opus—in the upstairs bedroom. Alice, on the other hand, recorded A Monastic Trio and Journey in Satchidananda, among other albums, in the basement studio there.
She sold the house in 1973 to move to California with her children. It changed hands many times before 2005, when at the urging of musicians like Herbie Hancock and John McLaughlin, music lovers and Long Island supporters, the town of Huntington bought the property, saving it from a developer who wanted to demolish it. The property is now owned by the Friends of the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, while the town owns and maintains the land.
The residence, as a press statement notes, has undergone some preservation efforts, and is “now vacant and in disrepair but largely intact.” It will be restored and reused for music education and outreach, said Trust president and CEO Stephanie Meeks.
The recording studio in its basement, the press statement noted, “is envisioned as an interactive and creative space for students and musicians young and old.” The 3.4 wooded acres of land the house rests on will be used as a park.
Get more info and see photos of the home at its official website, and listen to the work of the Coltranes below:
A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
A Monastic Trio by Alice Coltrane