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Armstrong, Louis, House

New York, New York
County of Queens.
National Register Number: 76001265
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2002.
Certified Local Government: YES

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 11, 1976):
Louis Armstrong -- "Satchmo" to his world-wide legion of fans -- lived in this house from 1940 to 1971. One of America's most creative, influential, and popular musicians, he arranged, composed and played blues and jazz like no one else during his 55-year career. In the 1950s and 1960s, Satchmo took his trumpet around the world, giving concerts and serving as a goodwill ambasador sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Condition:
After the death of Armstrong's widow Lucile in 1983 the house lay empty until 1991. Water penetration, unfiltered sunlight, high humidity and vandalism contributed to the deterioration of the building and its furnishings.

A Save America's Treasures grant for $300,000 received in 1999 will help to repair damage and conserve interior features and finishes.


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