The John Coltrane House has been in a state of neglect since 1984, when his first cousin, Mary Alexander, sold it, with the promise that it would stand as a tribute to the jazz icon.
During the month of September, Philadelphia hosted a nine-day
celebration in honor of Coltrane’s 90th birthday, organized by the
Philadelphia Jazz Project, during which the several structural and
aesthetic problems of the house were addressed. Nevertheless, Philadelphia Weekly recently reported that Homer Jackson, director of the Philadelphia Jazz Project, was not aware of any plans of restoration.
Philadelphia Weekly also stated the location of the John
Coltrane House, largely ignored by commuters and others, as a reason for
it being considered as one unworthy of major investment by the city’s
preservation community. This would explain why plans of reusing the
house as a jazz venue, unveiled in 2013, seem to also have fallen