Coltrane Home gets $1.75M from Suffolk County

The John & Alice Coltrane Home was awarded $1.75 million in JumpSMART funding from Suffolk County.

The money will support capital improvements for building façade restoration and design and construction of a recording studio, exhibit space, multifunction space, Love Supreme Room, and Meditation Room at the Coltranes’ former home in Dix Hills.

Elected officials were joined at the funding announcement last week by Ravi Coltrane, son of John Coltrane and CEO and chairman of Friends of the Coltrane Home; Brandee Younger, Grammy-nominated harpist and composer; Steve Fulgoni, president of Friends of the Coltrane Home;  Kathleen Hennessy, vice president of Friends of the Coltrane Home; and Brandon Bibby from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

After a worldwide grass-roots effort, the Coltrane home was saved from imminent demolition when it was designated as a local Historic Landmark by the Huntington Town Board in 2004. The home was later listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The National Trust for Historic Preservation designated the home as a National Treasure in 2018 and later awarded the home a grant from the Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

Suffolk’s JumpStart and JumpSMART programs are part of an economic development plan designed to strengthen existing community assets and encourage, foster and enhance the planning and development of regionally significant projects in and around the county’s downtowns. The programs are funded through the county’s capital program and federal ARPA funds designed to help small businesses and communities effectively recover from the pandemic.

For more information on the Coltrane Home visit: thecoltranehome.org

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