Already immortalized as one of the greatest musicians to ever pick up a guitar, Jimi Hendrix’s former London apartment is set to be renovated into a permanent museum for the musical legend.
According to NME, a £1.2 million (about $1.6 million) grant will allow the Heritage Lottery Fund to renovate and recreate the interior of Hendix’s apartment, where the singer lived from 1968 until his death in 1970.
The attic of an old Georgian townhouse, the apartment has been used for over a decade by the staff of the neighboring Handel House museum. German-born composer George Frideric Handel occupied the space next door in the mid-18th century and the building was turned into a Handel museum in 2001. Hendrix was reportedly aware of the composer’s former residence and even sought to acquire some of the music that Handel had written while living there, including “Water Music” and “The Messiah.”
Although die-hard Hendrix fans have been allowed limited access to the space over the years, the finished museum will be completely open to the public and will display “pieces of Hendrix’s life, work and musical legacy” along with “historically accurate furnishings.” The museum will also host educational platforms for patrons to learn about the connections between the Baroque and classic rock genres.