Jack White buys the Mid-century Modern Kalamazoo house by George Nelson
Back in July we wrote that it takes a passionate owner to preserve a home's history, and this home had one.
Well now it has another. Rocker Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes, also knows a bargain when he sees one. White is the new owner of the acclaimed Mid-century Modern house in Kalamazoo, designed by renowned architect George Nelson in 1958.
Last year, the house seemed a remarkable buy at just US$450,000 (NZ$640,000). As it turns out, White has forked out US$510,000, but what is even more remarkable, he has bought it sight unseen. (Perhaps he saw the photos on Stuff.)
The New Yorker says White is currently living in Nashville and plans to use the 325 square-metre house as an "occasional writing retreat".
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White was once an upholsterer's apprentice and is known to be a design and furniture enthusiast who sees himself as a "custodian" of the house, rather than the owner.
The same room 60 years ago – the house comes with correspondence between the owners and architect and photographs taken by Norman Carver Jnr at the time the house was built.
"I'm a believer in nobody owns anything," White says. "If you could take care of it and pass it along, it's good."
The sale of the home included most of the original Herman Miller furniture, which presumably White is going to preserve.