About John Coltrane House

The John Coltrane House is located at 1511 N 33rd Street in Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. Coltrane and his first wife, Juanita “Naima” Austin, purchased the rowhouse in 1952 and lived here until 1958.

The John Coltrane House was added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 1985. While thousands of places are listed on the Philadelphia register, only 67 are National Historic Landmarks, the highest designation for a historic property. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior designated the John Coltrane House a National Historic Landmark on January 20, 1999.

In the album liner notes for his masterpiece, A Love Supreme, Coltrane wrote:

During the year 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life. At that time, in gratitude, I humbly asked to be given the means and privilege to make others happy through music.

The spiritual awakening took place in the second floor rear bedroom where Coltrane kicked his heroin addiction. The spiritual awakening defined the remainder of the saxophonist’s storied career.

The John Coltrane House was listed on 2020 Pennsylvania At Risk. The historic landmark remains at risk due to its deteriorating condition and now the lawsuit brought by Coltrane’s sons, Ravi and Oran, challenging ownership of the property.