Since I was feeling a little low on energy after my flight to Seattle I decided I would relax for a little
while and try to find Jimi’s childhood home. I did a Yahoo search on my cell phone for the location of
Jimi’s home, and fortunately I was able to find its location. Located in the Jackson Place Community at
2010 South Jackson Street in Seattle, the house is not sitting in its original location. It was moved
because according to the Seattle Times' August 19, 2005 article,
Jimi Hendrix's Home Gets One Last Reprieve;
"The small house where the late guitar legend lived from
1953-56 was moved four years ago from its original
site to a city-owned lot at 2010 S. Jackson St.
The James Marshall Hendrix Foundation,
headed by Seattle resident Pete Sikov, paid
more than $30,000 to buy the house, move it
and lease the land where it now stands.
They [the James Marshall Hendrix
Foundation] had hoped to renovate the
two-bedroom house and turn it into the centerpiece of an urban community center in Hendrix's name that
would offer music lessons, a lending library of musical instruments and practice rooms. [However] Sikov
and the Hendrix Foundation claim the city has repeatedly broken promises to work with them to create
the memorial to the Seattle native, who died in 1970. The city claims that Sikov and the foundation have
missed every deadline to either move the house or submit development plans for the project. Last year,
the city moved to reclaim the lot and threatened to have the house demolished if it wasn't moved.
In [the August 19, 2005] hearing, Hendrix foundation attorney B. Bradford Kogut said that the city
of Renton, where Hendrix is buried, has agreed to allow the home to be moved to property there. He
said he expects formal approval for the move to come sometime around Aug. 31. He asked the judge to
give the home's owners until the end of September to have the house moved. Robinson, however, said
there was no way to control or predict the length of time Renton's permitting process would take, and
she said she had no legal basis on which to prevent the city of Seattle from reclaiming its lot. "We have
people who are willing to chain themselves to that house [like Shalondra] to prevent them from tearing it
down if we have to," said Henry Lewis, a longtime friend of the Hendrix family"
Hopefully Jimi’s house will be moved to a better
location and perhaps turned into a museum.
After spending almost a hour at Jimi’s house, I decided to go back to the hotel and rest.
It was very cool being able to see Jimi’s house because it helped me connect more to
the spirit of Jimi Hendrix. Even though I never met Jimi because he died September 18, 1970 at the
age of 27, I could feel his presence with me. I must say I was getting a little freaked out at Jimi’s house
because the house sits in a bad area on an abandoned lot. I didn’t get too close to the house because I
thought somebody might jump out from the house
or a bush. As you can see the house’s location
is not kept up, people have been drawing graffiti
art pictures of Jimi, and have been leaving trash
around the house.
So while I was at Jimi’s house I made sure I took plenty pictures of it in
case it is torn down soon. If I had the money, I
would save Jimi's house because to me Jimi
is the best guitarist who has ever and will ever
live. Although Jimi's music career, like his life,
was short, his innovative and mind boggling
acidic rock anthems continue to be imitated
but never duplicated in its originality and complexity.