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April 5, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Jimi Hendrix childhood home torn down

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Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times

The house that Jimi Hendrix grew up in is destined for a Renton mobile-home park.

Could have been an inspirational museum

Editor, The Times:

It’s an eyesore [“Love, money can’t save Hendrix’s old home,” page one, March 31]. I think ghettos and German concentration camps are a bit of an eyesore, too. However, they should not be torn down. People visit them to remember the cruelties and injustice served there. They may be ugly, but they are of great importance. There are many ugly places that should be torn down. Places that offer nothing of benefit.

Jimi Hendrix’s house was not one of these places. Though it may have looked ugly on the outside, it offered inspiration to musicians on the inside.

I’m surprised that Seattle was foolish enough to demolish its most famous resident’s residence. It should have been fixed up and made into a museum of some sort. I think guitar enthusiast volunteers could have fixed up the house, and been proud to be a part of that.

I guess Jimi said it best: “Castles made of sand fall in the sea, eventually.” How sad.

— Brady Nord, Salem, Ore.

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