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Louis Armstrong House Museum

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Twenty-eight years of happiness. From 1943 to 1971, Lucille and Louis Armstrong lived many wonderful years in their Queens home. What a Wonderful World.
Louis Armstrong House Museum New York
Louis Armstrong House Museum New York - Photo credit: Joe Mabel Wikimedia Commons

“Walking into this house will be like going to Louis’ house for tea and discovering every corner of it. Armstrong loved to hoard memories, archiving them with passion, affectionately protecting postcards, diaries, notes and recordings.”

Michael Cogswell, jazz historian, instigator of the Louis Armstrong Museum

In 1943, Lucille and Louis Armstrong had been married for a year and were looking for a house. The already famous musician and his wife are looking for a small house in a quiet area of New York that they particularly like.

The trumpeter, a native of New Orleans, found his way back to the Big Apple, particularly in the Queens borough the same atmosphere as in his native South: neighbours talk to each other, children play on the pavement, the streets are peaceful and at the same time animated by an unparalleled joie de vivre… They set their sights on this house on 107th Street. Neighbour and intimate of the couple, Selma Heraldo told of the couple’s arrival in the neighbourhood in an interview with The Express: “Lucille arranged the house with great taste, thanks to the advice of an architect. Louis did not see the place until he returned from a tour. It was 4:00 a.m., and the taxi stopped in front of the house.”

The couple has loved each other, bickered, reconciled but always found each other. An impressive and inspiring happiness. In 1967, Bob Thiele, under the name of George Douglas, and George David Weiss composed What a Wonderful World, which they proposed to Louis Armstrong, sitting behind his desk, still visible today in the house. Seduced by the idea, the musician performed it and the song became a hit.

When the legend passed away on July 6, 1971, his widow decided to bequeath the premises to the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation in New York, as children had always been a priority for the couple. When Lucille died in 1983, the foundation in turn gave the house to the Ministry of Culture. It was not until 2003 and the determination of jazz historian Michael Cogswell that the house was transformed into the Louis Armstrong Museum. An opportunity to admire the splendid house at the centre of the “wonderful world” of the musical genius.

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For three decades, Louis Armstrong gave nearly 300 concerts a year.

Louis Armstrong House Museum

Built in 1910 by architect Robert Johnson, the splendid two-story brick house now houses the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

Located near Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the house, known as the last residence of the famous musician, is also located a few miles from the Flushing Cemetery where “Satchmo” is buried. Louis Armstrong had the walls covered with brick in 1969. The musician had then proposed to his neighbors to finance the same kind of renovation for their houses, in order not to be considered the snob of the neighborhood.

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By Damien Duarte

Monday, December 6, 2021

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