The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens, New York is an amazing vintage home frozen in time.
Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille Wilson resided here all the way from 1943 until his death in 1971. Lucille then gave ownership of the home to the city of New York with the stipulation that the city maintain it as a museum focused on her late husband.
Brilliantly, the museum curators left the decor exactly as it was when the Armstrongs lived there.
The kitchen with its turquoise lacquered cabinets is a stand-out!
For the price of admission, guests can enjoy guided tours and audio recordings by the Armstrongs telling stories of the couple’s day-to-day life together in the home
The museum also hosts concerts and educational programs and has public archives of Louis’s writings, books, recordings and memorabilia.
But the real thrill for us old house lovers is the vintage decor, frozen in the decades of the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s.
Have a look at Louis’s studio:
It still has the original built-in recording devices and stereo system!
Lucille’s hand is felt in the decor as well, as is evident in the master bedroom:
And have a look at the unusual bathroom:
Those aren’t just mirrors – they are actually cabinets too!
Outside, the backyard is a lush, park-like space where guests can relax and reflect on what a wonderful word it is. 🙂
What a wonderful tribute to the late musical legend Louis Armstrong!