The Handel House Trust, which also oversees the estate of classical composer George Frideric Handel, is opening the new museum at 23 Brook Street, according to Curbed. Handel himself lived next door at 25 Brook Street – just a few centuries earlier.
The Hendrix museum is slated to open February 10, 2016 and will include photos previously unseen by the public, a recording studio and a concert venue. It cost nearly $3.7 million to restore the historic home and to recreate the third-floor flat Hendrix called home after recording Electric Ladyland.
“It is hard to think of another home in the world with such a concentration of musical genius,’ Alistair Stranack, chairman of the Handel House Trust told the Space. ‘While it has been a pleasure to have been working in Jimi’s bedroom for the past few years, it is even more pleasing to be able to throw it open to everybody else.”
And as it turns out, Hendrix wasn’t oblivious to his block’s musical heritage. Hendrix apparently became deeply interest in Handel while in London, purchasing a copy of “Messiah” (now kept by the Experience Music Project in Seattle).
In 2013, a Greenwich Village condominium where Hendrix stored his ax after performing at Woodstock in 1969 hit the market for $6 million.