• Plans Move Forward to Reimagine Nina Simone’s Childhood Home

    February 1, 2019

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation has completed a report describing the current condition of Nina Simone’s childhood home and has offered the owners two options for stabilizing and rehabilitating the home once a re-use plan is selected. The owners have chosen to move forward with repairs that will weather-proof the home, including repairing siding, windows, and the roof. Wherever possible, original materials will be preserved to respect the structure’s historical integrity. Work to stabilize the property will begin in the spring following the selection of a project architect.

    A preservation easement, a voluntary legal agreement wherein the owner agrees to permanently protect a property’s historic character, will also be placed on the home and will carry forward to all future owners.

    The National Trust will also organize a visioning workshop in Tryon this spring that will bring together the artist-owners, local artists, project partners, and preservation experts to craft a strategy for integrating arts and culture programming into all future plans for the home. The public will also be encouraged to weigh in. Following that convening, the National Trust will oversee the development of a business plan and a scope of work to guide the rehabilitation and reuse of the property.

    More information may be found in this January 31 press release.
  • Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Draws Foundation Support

    December 10, 2018

    Great news!

    The Hillsdale Fund and the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation, both of Greensboro, N.C. have made financial contributions to the National Treasure campaign to preserve and rehabilitate Nina Simone’s Childhood Home. We are so thankful for their generous support.

    Their involvement will enable the National Trust—in close consultation with the home’s owners and local, state and national partners--to move forward with preserving the property and charting a sustainable future for the home. This includes drafting a rehabilitation and reuse plan for the structure, identifying potential ownership entities and stewardship models, recommending preservation protections, and seeking National Register of Historic Places designation for the home.

    The National Trust will also convene a visioning workshop in Tryon to bring together the artist-owners, local artists, project partners, and National Trust staff to craft a strategy for integrating arts and culture programming into all future use opportunities.

    This work will be undertaken under the umbrella of the National Trust's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, a multi-year initiative to uplift stories of African American achievement, activism, and community. To this end, the overarching goal of our Treasure campaign at Nina Simone’s Childhood Home is to ensure the home’s relevance to the cultural and educational vibrancy of the region, honor Simone's tremendous impact on American society, and inspire new generations of artists and activists to engage with her legacy.

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