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NAT 'KING' COLE BIRTHPLACE: Today - Home wrapped and waiting

By Allison Griffin
Montgomery Advertiser

The birth home of Nat "King" Cole sits fenced on blocks and wrapped in protective plastic as it awaits a makeover from Alabama State University.
-- Julie Bennett

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The little house on South Hall Street, across from the Alabama State University campus, is nondescript, save the white plastic sheeting that covers it. A temporary fence surrounds it and weeds have started to grow around its cinder block foundation.

You wouldn't know it, but it's the birth home of one of the 20th century's most legendary musicians.

The birthplace of Nat "King" Cole, which originally sat on St. John Street, was moved to this location by the university, which purchased the home in 2000. The school has plans to turn it into a museum to memorialize Cole and preserve his legacy, while also making the campus more of a travel destination.

The home has been stabilized since the Montgomery Advertiser wrote about it in 2004, but much work remains.

ASU spokeswoman Janel Bell said that the university is seeking funding to complete the renovation. She couldn't comment on a timeline for the project, but the firm of Brown Chambless Architects is handling the renovation.

John Chambless, a partner in the firm, said they have completed the renovation plan, but they have paused to allow the university to analyze the project and be sure that it fits into a broader context of all the historic homes, papers and collections the school has.

"It's a wonderful project and it's definitely moving forward," Chambless said.

He said that an outdoor amphitheater will be a part of the plan and there are considerations for how interpretive work could be done there.

Chambless believes the home will one day be an important part of the many historical buildings and homes the school owns.

"Architecturally, it's part of the gateway to the campus," he said.

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