A tour round Kurt Cobain’s house would be many rock music lover’s dream, and soon it could come true as plans are underway to turn the building into an exhibition for visitors.
1. Cobain’s childhood home
The childhood home of the famous Nirvana frontman, located in Washington state, has been unanimously approved to be turned into a landmark by the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Cobain was born in 1967 and lived in the the modest 1,500-square-foot, one-and-a-half-story house in Aberdeen from 1968 to 1984. The house is now considered historically significant and is expected to become an exhibit, which fans will be able to discover, looking just as it did when he lived there. The building currently belongs to Lee and Danielle Bacon, who purchased the home from the Cobain family in 2018 for $225,000. The former revealed to Rolling Stone that his plans to re-create the house and return it to its prime vintage state are “90 to 95% complete”.
2. Remembering his work
Although neighbourhood zoning regulations do not allow the residence to be used as a full-time museum, Lee is looking at ways to open the home up this spring for the occasional private tour. “Our goal is to make the house a tribute project to Kurt’s early life and career, with museum detail,” he told the magazine. “The next chapter is how to make that happen.” Kim Cobain, Kurt Cobain’s sister, is also contributing to the organising of the exhibition. “I enjoy being involved and providing my input. I am very happy and supportive that Lee and Dani took this on three years ago,” she said.
A plaque for the front of the house is also planned, which Lee believes will be especially important in the future when Nirvana’s height of fame and Cobain’s death will be more historical. “We have to write it for someone in the future, 20 years from now, who wants to learn about Kurt,” he says. “We want it to be for someone who doesn’t know who he was or the contributions he made.”
Cobain served as the band’s guitarist, lead vocalist, and primary songwriter and was married to Courtney Love, American singer, songwriter and actress. He died by suicide by gunshot on April 5th 1994 aged 27 years old, with high concentration of heroin and traces of diazepam also found in his body.