In 1952, at the age of twenty-six, with the benefit of a G.I. loan, John Coltrane bought for himself, his mother, his aunt and his first cousin the North 33rd Street property. Coltrane lived here from 1952 until 1958. It was a big, beautiful house, built for a well-to-do middle class at the turn of the 19th century and a huge step up from the cramped quarters in a deteriorating area of town where the family had been living. Coltrane owned and lived in this home longer than any other during his legendary career as a jazz saxophonist and music composer.
The John Coltrane House was added to National Historical Landmark in 1999 as “having exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.”
The recognition attests to the value of the house to present and future generations. The building is still a sound structure, but it has fallen into disrepair. Money is urgently needed to secure the survival of John Coltrane’s historic home.
For information on how you can help, contact the John Coltrane House.