ST. LOUIS - Construction will begin soon on the new National Blues Museum in downtown St. Louis after organizers had to push the start day back as they tried to raise the $13 million necessary to start building.
The non-profit ground behind the museum was able to secure $5 million from historic and new market tax credits. The other $7 million came from private donations, including $6 million from Pinnacle Entertainment.
Rob Endicott, chairman of the National Blues Museum Board, said the construction contracts are being drawn up and the new target date for the opening of the museum is late in 2015 with the hope that it will drum up enough interest to bring tourists interested in Blues music history to St. Louis.
“Same thing with Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Endicott said, “You know Cleveland, they have a claim to the origins of Rock and Roll. So now people come and associate Cleveland with Rock and Roll and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so that’s sort of what we hope to do as well.”
The National Blues Museum hopes to welcome visitors in late Fall 2015 to the location at 6th Street and Washington Avenue.