Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home is Now a Heritage-Listed Landmark

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Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home is Now a Heritage-Listed Landmark

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Kurt Cobain’s childhood home in Aberdeen, Washington is now a heritage-listed landmark. Washington state’s Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation listed the building on the state’s “Heritage Register” of culturally significant sites, announcing plans to restore the house to its original form. 

While it’s rare for a childhood home to be listed on the register, the executive director of Washington state’s Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, Allyson Brooks, says that in this instance, “Everyone on the council recognised the importance of the place.” 

The one-and-a-half storey home was built in 1923 and lived in by the late Nirvana frontman between 1968 and 1984. The property’s current co-owner, Lee Bacon, purchased the home from the Cobain family in 2018 and has been working on restoring the site since. 

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Bacon said that that the restoration is now “90 to 95 per cent” finished, with the original furniture and “period Seventies” fittings used to recreate the home’s original appearance.

“Our goal is to make the house a tribute project to Kurt’s early life and career, with museum detail,” Bacon said. “The next chapter is how to make that happen.” Bacon plans to give free private tours of the home starting next year.

Kurt Cobain’s sister, Kim Cobain, also threw her support behind the project, telling Rolling Stone: “I enjoy being involved and providing my input. I am very happy and supportive Lee and Dani took this on three years ago.”

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In recent years, Cobain’s personal possessions have fetched phenomenal price tags at auction, with his iconic green cardigan selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and his MTV Unplugged guitar for a record-breaking six million. Read more here.


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