City Considers Transforming Chuck Berry Home Into A Museum

City Considers Transforming Chuck Berry Home Into A Museum
City Considers Transforming Chuck Berry Home Into A Museum

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 10, 2017 (STL.News) The former north St. Louis home of rock n’ roll legend Chuck Berry could be transformed into a museum.

The city of St. Louis is considering the idea as a way to revitalize the area as well as preserve the legacy of the late musician and St. Louis native.  The St. Louis Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (RCRA), which owns Berry’s former home at 3137 Whittier Street in the Ville Neighborhood, is seeking bids for the project called the Chuck Berry Museum and Cultural District. .  As part of the proposal, the city is requesting that developers include new construction near or adjacent to the home.  The RCRA has issued a deadline of July 10th for interested parties to submit a proposal.

The city is requiring that the home be rehabilitated to its original and historic condition as a “walk‐ through” or “experiential” museum space.  Berry’s family members will also be consulted on the project, according to city leaders.  The RCRA has issued a deadline of July 10th for interested parties to submit a proposal.

Berry lived in the home in the 1950’s.  It was there where he wrote and recorded some of his most famous music, including “Maybelline”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Too Much Monkey Business”, “Rock and Roll Music”, “School Day”, “Sweet Little Sixteen”, and “Johnny B. Goode”.  Many of those within the music industry consider this home to be the birthplace of modern rock n’ roll.

Berry passed away on March 18th at the age of 90.  Paramedics were called to his Wentzville home on that Saturday afternoon after Berry was found unresponsive.  First responders attempted to revive him, but those efforts were unsuccessful.  News of Berry’s death blew up on social media.  Fans and celebrities alike, posted messages on Facebook and Twitter in response to Berry’s death.

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