Nina Simone house assessed

Work on the house scheduled to begin this spring

TRYON — The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently completed a report on the current condition of Nina Simone’s childhood home in Tryon. The new owners, who purchased the house in March 2017, were given options for stabilizing and rehabilitating the home. The owners of the Nina Simone childhood home are African-American artists Adam Pendleton, Rashid Johnson, Ellen Gallagher and Julie Mehretu. The owners chose to make repairs to weather proof the house, including repairing siding, windows and the roof, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Work to stabilize the house will begin in the spring following the owners choosing an architect. Original materials will be preserved to keep with the home’s historic integrity. The National Trust for Historic Preservation said a preservation easement, a voluntary legal agreement where the
owner will agree to permanently protect a property’s historic character will also be placed on the home. That easement will carry forward to any future owners. Nina Simone’s childhood home is located at 30 East Livingston Street, just outside downtown Tryon.

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(Tryon Daily Bulletin, 2/1/19)