The former childhood home of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, currently a vacant, dilapidated building on Grand Avenue in Louisville, is in the process of being restored by a group of boxing fans. With plans to recreate the look of the home when Ali, then Cassius Clay, was growing up there in the '50s, the project aims to build a shrine to the champ, a compliment to the city's Muhammad Ali Center, a preexisting museum downtown. An organization called Jesus and a Job, which provides jobs to those who may have trouble finding employment due to previous substance abuse or felony convictions, just began a $250,000 renovation.
A company called 19th Century Restorations, which is also undertaking a restoration of soul legend Nina Simone's childhood home in Tyron, North Carolina, is in the midst of a project to restore the home to its previous midcentury appearance, which included a pink exterior. Las Vegas real estate investor and boxing fan Jared Weiss purchased the home in 2012 for $70,000, the same year a historic marker was added to the front yard. Recently Philadelphia attorney George Bochetto became a partner with Weiss, and has said he plans to turn home into a museum that will open this fall.
· Muhammad Ali's childhood home to undergo $250,000 renovation [WLKY.com]
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· Looking Back at the Glory Days of "LA's Most Extreme Entertainment Venue," Where Ali Once Boxed [Curbed LA]