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Best Celebrity Home New York 2010 - Louis Armstrong's Corona home

Louis Armstrong\'s Corona home

Louis Armstrong's Corona home

34-56 107th St.

Flushing, NY 11368

718-478-8274

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It's doubtful that Louis Armstrong's Corona home would have made Architectural Digest when he bought it, let alone today. The modest house in a thoroughly middle-class Queens neighborhood is the inverse of today's celebrity culture, despite the fact that Armstrong inhabited it when he was one of the most famous musicians on the planet. But it's absolutely charming—a modest, humble tribute to the man as he actually lived his life. Managed by nearby Queens College, the Louis Armstrong House Museum has a wonderful collection of the great trumpeter's papers, recordings, and artifacts (including the bizarre results of his personal love of making collages, which he constructed on boxes of hundreds of reel-to-reel recordings). It's geeky enough for serious scholars and fun for even casual listeners of jazz. Though he rose from the poorest part of New Orleans, it's hard to imagine anyone of Armstrong's stature living in such modesty in New York City. And yet here's his house, in the same residential neighborhood where Archie and Edith Bunker and their real-life counterparts lived.

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3 comments
xiaozi
xiaozi

We must have different standards, looks like a mansion to me.

Garry Easton
Garry Easton

The more simple it looks in the outside the more it is very interesting! Since Louis Armstrong once lived there, people would probably wonder what its interior looks like. What ambience does it create that makes Sir Armstrong to be so much inspired in writing his songs.

Garry Easton
Garry Easton

The more simple it looks in the outside the more it is very interesting! Since Louis Armstrong once lived there, people would probably wonder what its interior looks like. What ambiance does it create that makes Sir Armstrong to be so much inspired in writing his songs.

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