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Louis Armstrong House Museum receives $1.9M from city for renovations

The funding will be used to carry out repairs and upgrades at Selma’s House

Chris Mottalini

The Luis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens is set to receive even more funding from the city for its ongoing renovation and expansion.

The New York Times reports that the city has announced plans to grant the museum with an additional $1.9 million in grants (h/t Hyperallergic). The funds will be used to renovate Selma’s House, the house that was owned by Selma Heraldo (who was neighbors with Armstrong and his wife) and donated to the museum in 2011. Conditions within Selma’s House have deteriorated over time and last winter, the boiler burst. The grant funds will allow for restoration in parts of the home, a renovation to the kitchen so that it can handle catering events at the museum, and will help add office and storage space.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is in the process of also creating the Louis Armstrong Education Center—a 14,000-square-foot building that is being designed by Caples Jefferson Architects, located across the street from the house museum. The city had previous allocated $1 million in funding for that project, which broke ground in 2017.

The house museum became a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and is home to memorabilia from both Armstrong and his wife, who both spent the last couple of decades of their lives within the home.