Petition launched to avoid wasting “birthplace of home music”, The Warehouse

Petition launched to avoid wasting “birthplace of home music”, The Warehouse
Petition launched to avoid wasting “birthplace of home music”, The Warehouse

A petition has been launched to cease the demolition of a constructing which as soon as housed Chicago nightclub The Warehouse.

Established in 1977, the venue was greatest often known as one of many birthplaces of home music. In its early days, it hosted DJ Frankie Knuckles as its first musical director, who would play a mixture of genres like soul, R&B and disco, which marked the beginnings of the home style.

Cut up throughout three storeys at 206 S. Jefferson Road in Chicago’s West Loop space, the membership grew to become a hub, particularly for black homosexual males in Chicago. Knuckles left in 1982 to begin his personal membership the Energy Plant, after which Warehouse rebranded as Muzic Field and employed new DJ Ron Hardy.

“Home music modified the world. And all of it started on the Warehouse, the place DJ Frankie Knuckles created home music,” the petition reads. “Earlier than it’s too late, we should urgently acknowledge, shield and rejoice the three-story industrial constructing at 206 S. Jefferson Road in Chicago’s West Loop.

“Regardless of its extraordinary function in music and cultural historical past, the Warehouse has ZERO protections in opposition to alterations or demolition.”

Frankie Knuckles
Frankie Knuckles. CREDIT: J. Countess/WireImage

In accordance with the petition, the constructing was bought in December 2022. “Regardless of persistent outreach by Preservation Chicago, the brand new possession has been unresponsive, and plans for the constructing’s future stay unknown. There is just too a lot at stake to permit the whim of an proprietor to find out its destiny.”

The petition asks authorities on the Metropolis of Chicago to take steps to designate the constructing a Chicago Landmark to present it better safety going ahead.

It provides: “The Warehouse must be protected as a logo of the wealthy historical past of Chicago’s homosexual and Black communities, the unbelievable story of home music, and the groundbreaking influence that DJ Frankie Knuckles had on the sound of recent music internationally.”

You could find out extra and signal the petition right here.


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