Save the Charles Ives House
  • Petitioned Charles Ives Tyler

This petition was delivered to:

Charles Ives Tyler

Save the Charles Ives House

    1. Petition by

      Robert W. Eshbach

      Chelmsford, MA

Dear Mr. Tyler,

Since the beginning of August, lovers of Charles Ives’s music worldwide have joined together to support the efforts of the Charles Ives Society to purchase and preserve the West Redding house where your grandfather, America’s great composer, lived and worked. Messages of concern about the house have been shared by thousands of people in places as far away as Mexico, Taiwan, Brazil, Italy, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Canada, Bulgaria, Spain, France, Hungary, Germany, India, Portugal, and Australia. Prominent musicians have pledged their support, and articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, among other periodicals. We believe that Charles Ives’s West Redding house is a place of world-historical significance, and we continue to support the Charles Ives Society’s project to honor and promote your grandfather’s legacy in this beautiful and historic site. Please reconsider your recent decision to sell the house to a private party, and continue to work with the Charles Ives Society so that Charles Ives’s house may continue to be a place of creativity for future generations.


From the Wall Street Journal:

An article in Slate by historian Jan Swafford:


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Roberto Masotti MILANO, ITALY
      • about 2 years ago

      Ives music means a lot for me and all the culture around, and the physical spaces in connection with it

    • Ray Hardin BOSTON, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Historical significance or a landmark.

    • Stephen Schlein LEXINGTON, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      Charles Ives is an important person in the history of music

    • Carol McKeen WALTHAM, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      We need to preserve our country's music and also foster a sense of connection to the past . There needs to be more places of knowledge, beauty and art that are open to all segments of our society, not just the affluent. Also, at this difficult ecomonic time, having a public attraction helps the community in economic ways.

    • kenneth Palmer ST. LOUIS, MO
      • about 2 years ago

      Because Ives' music made a huge impact on the direction of music in the USA and the house must be retored and designated as a national monument. I. 5 million dollars in his grandsons pocket is not an equitable exchange for Ives' contribution and everlasting impact on the cultural life of this country.


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