An historic North Kenwood home where legendary bluesman Muddy Waters once lived--and jammed--is the subject of demolition order now being sought by the city's buildings department.
The 120-year-old weathered and boarded-up two-flat, 4339 S. Lake Park Ave, has been vacant for years and its owner has been cited about the structure's condition, Department of Buildings spokesperson Susan Massel said.
Inspectors found the building open last November and the dwelling has been the subject of complaints to the city's 311 non-emergency number as far back as 2002, she said.
According to a records search, the unoccupied building is owned by a great granddaughter of Waters'.
Earlier this week, the city affixed a red "X" to the building's facade--a signal to first-responders that the home is structurally unsound. Although the building department is seeking a court order to get a permit to demolish the building, Massel said the agency would rather have the owner take better care of the property. A court date has not yet been set.
"We want compliance," she said.