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Oldies 03/11/2001

Jimi Hendrix Childhood Home Saved

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SEATTLE (Hendrix Fans Website) - The childhood home of Jimi Hendrix appears to have won a last-minute reprieve from the wrecking ball.

The ivory-hued house with purple trim was sold on eBay in August for $43,500, but the Michigan-based buyer backed out after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

A pitch to Paul Allen, who built the $250 million Experience Music Project, went nowhere. EMP, which has a permanent Hendrix exhibit, has no interest in the house as an artifact.

A condominium developer said this week the Central Area home could be demolished within two weeks.

After two hours of negotiation Thursday, Craig Dieffenbach, a developer and former business manager for Jimi's brother Leon Hendrix, said he had a plan and the money to save the 900-square-foot house. The 87-year-old structure would be moved to a temporary location pending location of a permanent site.

It's not clear how long Hendrix lived there, but the house is clearly identified with the guitar virtuoso who died in 1970. His picture is visible in an attic window. The back bedroom and exterior trim are purple, and the bathroom and kitchen cabinets are lavender - possible salutes to his classic "Purple Haze.''

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