JIMI HENDRIX: London Apartment to Become a Museum
A London townhouse where Jimi Hendrix had an apartment in 1969 will be restored and opened as a museum.
According to Britain's Telegraph, a grant of nearly $2-million will turn 23 Brook Street into a shrine to the guitar god, who died elsewhere in London in September 1970. Located in the Mayfair section of central London, it's close to the onetime sites of several fabled rock clubs: the Marquee, the Speakeasy and The Scotch of St James. Since 1997, there has been a British historic plaque honoring Jimi on the building's facade.
Plans for the museum include displays of Hendrix's music and personal life, including some of the furnishings Jimi and Kathy Etchingham, his girlfriend at the time, purchased.
In recent years, the building has housed office space for a museum devoted to its 18th century resident, the composer George Frederic Handel. Hendrix was said to have been aware of his famous "neighbor," and "sought out" music Handel wrote while living there.