You Can Visit Louis Armstrong's Queens Home
Have a look at the legendary musician's bright blue kitchen and mirrored bath
August 4, 2017
Today would be Louis Armstrong’s 116th birthday. The New Orleans-born jazz musician landed in New York City's Corona, Queens with wife Lucille Wilson in 1943, and lived in the red brick house between performances and tours until his death on July 6, 1971. This blue kitchen was completed in 1970, and has become a favorite of visitors; the house was restored and officially open to visitors in 2003, 20 years after Lucille’s death.
The turquoise in the kitchen doesn’t stop with just the obvious cabinets and Sub-Zero refrigerator. According to a New York Times article about the home, “There are also a built-in countertop NuTone blender, a KitchenAid dishwasher with a ‘party’ setting and a six-range, double-oven Crown stove, which was custom made for the Armstrongs.” You can look at a 360-view of the kitchen on the Louis Armstrong House Museum site, and preview the rest of the rooms, which include a mirrored bathroom, “wall-to-wall” king size bed, and lots of wallpaper.
The museum is open to the public from 10a.m.-5p.m. Tuesday – Friday and noon to 5p.m. on the weekends. Admission for adults is $10, and group rates are available. Visit louisarmstronghouse.org for more.