WIN: Muddy Waters House Recommended to City Council for Landmark Status!

Chicago DPD Tweet from 8/5/21 “Landmarks Commission recommends to City Council a landmark designation for the long-time home of Blues legend Muddy Waters, 4339 S. Lake Park Ave. The basement studio at the modest North Kenwood two-flat hosted many Blues icons, including Otis Spann, Howlin’ Wolf and Chuck Berry.” Image Credit: Chicago DPD

“The Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Thursday granted final approval of landmark status for the South Side home where blues legend Muddy Waters lived and raised his family, the quest for designation now moving to the Chicago City Council for approval.

“It was the final hurdle in the journey through the Commission for the property at 4339 S. Lake Park Ave. in North Kenwood to be named a city of Chicago landmark.

“Next stop is the City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards. With committee approval, it then goes before the full council for vote.

“The brick two-flat — where Waters lived on the first floor, rented out the top floor and had his recording studio in the basement — is owned by Waters’ great-granddaughter, Chandra Cooper, who is converting the home into The MOJO Muddy Waters House Museum. At one time or another, legends like Otis Spann, Howlin’ Wolf and Chuck Berry lived there.

“‘We are so elated and happy that the city of Chicago Landmarks Commission has recognized and is honoring the home of my great-grandfather, where there is musical legacy and history,’ Cooper said. ‘We’re on this great path toward becoming one of Chicago’s landmarks, and we are looking forward to working with the blues community, the city and the alderman on this project to leave a piece of his legacy for the city of Chicago.’ (Ihejirika, Chicago Sun-Times, 8/5/21)

“‘From when Mr. Morganfield purchased the home in 1954, his home quickly became a gathering place for legendary musicians who would jam in his basement and visit while recording or gigging in town,’ said Mary Lu Seidel of Preservation Chicago. ‘His list of guests would make an incredible blues hall of fame roster. The music that flowed through and around this home created a blues sound that was uniquely Chicago via the Mississippi Delta.’ (Evans, Block Club Chicago, 5/5/21_

Read the full story at the Chicago Sun-Times

Muddy Waters home gets final Landmarks Commission approval, moves to City Council; The home in North Kenwood where blues legend Muddy Waters lived — which is being converted into The MOJO Muddy Waters House Museum — was granted final landmark status by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Thursday, Maudlyne Ihejirika, Chicago Sun-Times, 8/5/21

Muddy Waters’ Kenwood Home Clears Major Hurdle Toward Chicago Landmark Status; The city’s landmarks commission enthusiastically approved protected status for Waters’ home at 4339 S. Lake Park Ave. It now will be reviewed by a City Council committee, Maxwell Evans, Block Club Chicago, 5/5/21

Muddy Waters House, 4339 South Lake Park Avenue Chicago Landmark Designation Report


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