Cleveland has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Kansas City has the American Jazz Museum, Nashville has Music City, and now St. Louis looks likely to become home to the National Blues Museum in 2014. Cue up “St. Louis Blues.”
Downtown Washington St., the site chosen for The National Blues Museum (Courtesy NationalBluesMuseum.org)
Pinnacle Entertainment made a $6 million contribution to the National Blues Museum in December, somewhat undercutting a similar idea previously discussed for Chicago. The cash was a major boost for the project, which until then had less than $1 million in “soft commitments.” The total cost is $13.5 million to $14 million. Tax credits will help cover some of the gap, but the project director told STL Today they still need $2 million.
Developers in St. Louis hope the 23,000-square-foot museum will help anchor the downtown Mercantile Exchange District, near hotels and casinos also owned by Pinnacle.The National Blues Museum. (Courtesy NationalBluesMuseum.org)