The Late, Great Blues Father’s former space will also include an intimate performance venue, recording studio and community garden in Chicago’s North Kenmore Neighborhood.
Muddy Waters’ home former home is getting a major renovation thanks to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A 50,000 grant will help jump start progress for the Community Center and Museum slatted to open in 2023.
This once condemned historic building is gaining a new life in the North Kenmore Neighborhood of Chicago. The renovation project is being lead by Muddy’s great-granddaughter – Chondra Cooper. Her intent with the project is to celebrate Muddy Waters, The Blues and to help serve the community.
“We want to be able to support older artists as well as a small venue, where people can go in the basement and do a little recording, because while it wasn’t a recording studio downstairs – it was a rehearsal studio – we’d like to incorporate that into the overall experience,” Cooper told the Hyde Park Herald
The home was purchased by Muddy in 1954 and was the first home he ever purchased. During the next two decades, he would live and rehearse at the property until he moved to Westmont, where he died in ’83.
He is buried at Restvale Cemetery in Alsip along with many other Blues greats.
More then $300,000 is required to help fund this project, the grant is merely just the beginning. If you would like to help, you can make an online donation.
Additional information can be found on mojomuseum.com
Muddy’s North Kenmore Home.
Photo taken in 2019 – Raymond Boyd / Getty
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