Kurt Cobain’s House
Located at 171 Lake Washington Blvd., the home and neighboring park are visited by fans and the curious from around the world. The current owners are rarely seen outside, but don’t seem to mind the attention. Because locals use the blvd. as part of their commute, it’s best to pull over for a good look.
Seeing what’s behind the fence and the gate is a little difficult from the street, but the park provides a better vantage point. There’s also a bench where people write messages and leave tokens or candles to honor Cobain.
The rocker and his band, Nirvana, put Seattle on the map in the world of grunge music, along with Pearl Jam, Alice and Chains and every other band in Seattle in the early 1990s. After an escape from a rehab institute in Seattle, Cobain returned home to Seattle April 2 or 3 in 1994 and was spotted at several locations around the city. His body was discovered in the guest house above the garage April 8 by an electrician hired to install security cameras. A shotgun was found near the body. Coroners determined Cobain died April 5 and he was full of high doses of heroin.
A vigil was held April 10 at the Seattle Center where thousands of people gathered to pay their respects and listen to prerecorded messages from Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and widow Courtney Love, who read portions of Cobain’s suicide note.