For months, jazz enthusiasts and historic preservationists have been grousing about the state of the property at 2309 First St. in Central City, a shotgun double that once sheltered the talents of jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden.
It’s been vacant and boarded up for some time, without even a plaque to let visitors know the great cornetist once lived there. But complaints about the building’s condition have so far failed to produce tangible results, and things appear to have deteriorated recently.
The clapboard has been peeled off in one spot, leaving a gaping hole in the side of the house.
“It looks like someone was trying to break in through the siding,” said Michelle Kimball, an advocate for the nonprofit Preservation Resource Center. Kimball swung by the house Monday to take stock of the damage but took off because she was “fearful someone was in the building.”