Thursday, June 9, 2016

Janis Joplin's Childhood Texas Home Can Be Yours For $500,000

A Southeast Texas house where blues and rock star Janis Joplin lived as a child is for sale for $500,000.

The Port Arthur home of Joplin, who died in 1970, has a Texas Historical Commission marker outside confirming she lived at the residence. Joplin was a preschooler when the family moved into the nearly 1,500-square-foot house.

Tax appraisal records value the home at $52,500. The seller hasn't been made public.

Officials with the Museum of the Gulf Coast were contacted about acquiring the house before it went on the market this month, but declined.

Museum official Sarah Bellian says not every house can be a museum. She cited upkeep costs and fundraising concerns.

Joplin's wildly painted 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet fetched $1.76 million during a December auction.