Louis Armstrong moved to New York in 1943, when his fourth wife, Lucille, chose a modest house in Corona, Queens for the Armstrongs to call home. Louis was so impressed with their new home, he never moved again.
He also never stopped performing. Up until the last year of his life, Louis Armstrong toured relentlessly, playing for anyone who would listen. And there were plenty who would listen.
He recorded popular songs like "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", "Heebie Jeebies", and "West End Blues" dozens of times each. He was also featured in several motion pictures.
The most famous was his performance with Barbara Streisand in "Hello Dolly". His career of musical performances and acting continued until he passed away at home on July 6, 1971.
The house was designated a New York City Landmark in 1988 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
It now serves as a museum that presents concerts and educational programs, and makes materials in its archives of writings, books, recordings and memorabilia available to the public for research.