ST. LOUIS (KTRS) Chuck Berry’s one-time home may someday be turned into a museum and cultural district around it under plans by the city of St. Louis to honor Berry and other prominent African-Americans who have lived in that part of the city.
The city’s Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority owns the home at 3137 Whittier St. and is soliciting bids for the project. It will be centered around the north St. Louis home where Berry lived for eight years in the 1950s. During that time, he wrote many of his biggest hits, including “Maybelline,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Johnny B. Goode.” Responses are due by July 10th. The museum would anchor a “Chuck Berry Cultural District,” to honor Berry, who died in March at age 90, and the area’s African-American heritage. Other African-Americans who lived in the Ville area where Berry lived include singers Josephine Baker and Tina Turner, comedian Dick Gregory and tennis star Arthur Ashe.