Ives supporters unite to purchase composer's home

4 September 2012, 10:07 | Updated: 4 September 2012, 17:46

Charles Ives' house, which was previously earmarked for demolition by developers, is the subject of a new fan campaign to preserve it.

Plans to demolish the house owned by composer Charles Ives received a blow when it emerged that a band of the composer's supporters, The Charles Ives Society, are planning to raise the money to save the property.

Located in the town of Redding, Connecticut, the house and its site are worth an estimated  $1.5m. It covers a total of 18 acres and still houses many of the composer's possessions and various musical artefacts that were there when Ives died in 1951.

The Charles Ives Society, made up of scholars and editors with special interest in the composer, hopes to raise the necessary funds so that the house may be preserved as a museum, possibly in the same way Ives' birthplace (which is based just a few miles from the house).

A Facebook page has also been set up to encourage people to get behind the campaign.