Cobain’s childhood home listed in the State Heritage Register


Nothing about the house on the corner of East First Street and Chicago Avenue in northeast Aberdeen seems “historically and culturally significant.”

It is well maintained, surrounded by a black chain link fence. It’s literally around the corner from Kurt Cobain Memorial Park, on the muddy banks of the Wishkah River.

The importance of the house is not the structure itself, but what the young man who grew up there – for whom the neighboring park is named – has contributed to the state’s musical history. and the world, which earned it a place on the State Heritage Register.

“The house is historically significant for its direct connection to Grunge music icon Kurt Cobain,” wrote Allyson Brooks, state historic preservation officer. “The nominated house served as a childhood home during Cobain’s formative years from 1968 to 1984.”

It is important to note that placing the house on the register does not mean that it is open to the public. It is a private house, not a shrine or a museum, and is not open to the public.

The attic bedroom at the front of the house was Cobain’s bedroom, where he began to develop his natural artistic abilities in the years leading up to his founding of the band Nirvana, whose music would speak to a generation of children through the world.

Known as House Donald and Wendy Cobain, to Kurt’s parents, the family moved into the residence when Kurt was just a few months old, according to the registry application prepared by Lee and Danielle Bacon of Ocean Shores ago. is a little over a month old.

When Cobain was 9 years old, his parents separated; Wendy stayed in the Aberdeen house, he moved to Montesano to live with her father and other relatives. When he was 14, his uncle Chuck Fradenburg, who played in The Beachcombers in the 1960s, bought Kurt a used Sunburst Lindell electric guitar. Kurt carried it everywhere, pulling it on to fit his left-hander.

While attending Weatherwax High School, Cobain experimented with his sound in the family home on East First Street, practicing throughout the house and developing his songwriting skills. He dropped out of high school just before his graduation date and, over the following years, experienced what the application described as a “nomadic life”.

Around 1985, he met Krist Novoselic, who lived in a house at the top of Think Of Me Hill with his mother, who operated Maria’s Hair Design on South M Street, where the group occasionally practiced.

The rest, as they say, is history. In 1988, the group chose the name of Nirvana and released a single. It gained traction in the Seattle music scene and the band released their debut album, Bleach, in 1989. In 1990, drummer Dave Grohl was brought into the fold. On September 24, 1991, the band released the album Nevermind, with their anthem “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – to date the album has sold over 30 million copies.

The group dominated the global music scene, traveling the world and gaining a strong and loyal following, and released their last studio album, In Utero, in September 1993 – they brought Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album off the charts.

Less than seven months later, Cobain, deeply addicted at the time, was found dead at his Seattle home, a shotgun by his side.

Wendy Cobain and Kurt’s sisters, Kim and Brie-Ann, moved out of the East First Street house in 1995, but the house remained in the family until early 2018, when Kim and Wendy sold the house to the Bacons, “local residents of Grays Harbor, who have a deep appreciation for the history of music,” wrote the Bacons in their Heritage Register app.

“In mid-2018, working with the family, the Bacons launched a comprehensive refurnishing and artifact restoration plan to reset the house to the years the family lived there,” the request read. . “The restoration is based on a meticulously precise ‘storytelling’ of each piece through original furnishings and decor, family photographs, instruments, equipment, interviews, audio recordings, video recordings and artifacts. ”

The benefits of state registration include potential property tax reductions and code waivers to protect property integrity, Brooks said.

Courtesy photo A young Kurt Cobain and his guitar in the attic of his childhood home on East First Street in Aberdeen, circa 1983. About eight years later, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album was released.

Courtesy photo The poster for the Kurt Cobain group?  ? s performing for the first time as Nirvana, at the Community World Theater in Tacoma on March 19, 1988, when Cobain was 19 years old.  Under the name of the headlining group, you can see the names of the previous groups Nirvana had used.  Cobain himself created the poster.

Courtesy Photo The poster for Kurt Cobain’s band performing for the first time as Nirvana, at the Community World Theater in Tacoma on March 19, 1988, when Cobain was 19 years old. Under the name of the headlining group, you can see the names of previous groups that Nirvana had used. Cobain himself created the poster.

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