Kurt Cobain left behind scores of grieving fans in 1994 when he shot and killed himself in his Seattle home, and all these years later the music he made with Nirvana still holds a place in their hearts as well as in history. Now, his mother, Wendy O’Connor, is putting his childhood home up for sale with the hopes that someone will help turn it into a museum dedicated to his legacy.
The 1923-built home is located in Aberdeen, Washington and is just a short walk from a park on the Wishkah River, which is dedicated to Kurt’s memory and holds a statue of his guitar. The family says they hate to give up the home and all its memories, but feel the time is right.
“We’ve decided to sell the home to create a legacy for Kurt, and yes, there are some mixed feelings since we have all loved the home and it carries so many great memories,” Cobain’s sister, Kim Cobain, said. “But our family has moved on from Washington, and (we) feel it’s time to let go of the home.”
While Kurt has described his childhood as a happy one, he was deeply affected by his parents’ divorce and split time between the Aberdeen house and his father’s home in Montesano during his teen years. His former bedroom reportedly bears the marks of his anguish in carvings on the wall.
The home is something of a fixer-upper and was assessed at just $67,000, but O’Connor says the family will work with anyone willing to turn the home into a museum.
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