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Post 87: Just another brick in the wall

And as if by magic...

and as if by magic…

The magic begins

A small hole…

To ensure that the flat is fully accessible it has been necessary to create a new level access to the third floor. Negotiating this challenge has been particularly difficult but today we got a step closer as brick by brick Simon carefully and meticulously removed the third floor wall between 23 and 25 Brook Street. Since 2001 there has been access between the two buildings on the first and second floors but never on the third floor so this is noteworthy. Eventually the lift (which is situated at the back of 25 Brook Street) will be able to take visitors to this floor and therefore to Hendrix’s bedroom. It is very exciting. I think the images depict today’s moments better than any of my words can.

Having carefully removed the rumble and mess that such a job entails mainly by carrying heavy bags down all 57 steps and out to the skip at the front door. The brilliant team then heroically set about vacuuming and mopping the entire staircase. I am astonished at the whole beautiful process, I think I may come back as a builder next time. It is, in so many ways, a real, useful and meaningful job with such tangible results. Clearly I am getting far too romantic about all this construction business.

Enthusiasm level: Impressed
Progress: Hole – check
Quote: “And that was my old office.”


About Sarah Bardwell

Handel & Hendrix in London Trustee and leading the team that is reinstating, in the adjoining building, Jimi Hendrix's London flat to open to the public. Quirky twist of chance meant that baroque legend Handel lived at 25 Brook Street in the 18th century and that rock legend Hendrix lived next door in the 1960s.

4 comments on “Post 87: Just another brick in the wall

  1. nitrogenfootprint
    17 March 2015

    Please save me a brick for a donation?

  2. Sarah Bardwell
    17 March 2015

    Bricks already gone and skip emptied – we are speedy around here. But there may be some more to come as the opening is only temporary so not the full height yet. I will try and catch them more quickly next time!

    • Wendy Robinson
      5 May 2015

      Hello my son a musician and lifelong Hendrix fan is so keen to see the house he luvedcfor a short while…I would like to buy his tickets as soon as available or would you be able to give a voucher if I paid to be used later on….I believe opening is February 2016 . also how much is the donation for any bricks that may come up? Thank you for your time….Wendy Robinson

      • Sarah Bardwell
        15 May 2015

        Thanks for your comment. We are planning to put tickets on sale in September this year so watch this space for more details in due course. We don’t really have any bricks there have been very few from the actual flat itself and I am afraid they have all gone in the skip! We do however have half of the staircase to the very top attic rooms which Jimi would have used. We have had to pull out to enable level access to the bedroom. I am in three or fours minds about what to do with it! Any suggestions? I think I may blog about it.

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