Mary Butler of Old House Web muses about historic homes as art and as sites of creative inspiration, including the exhibit Art+History. “Just being inside an old space can lend a fresh perspective and ignite your imagination,” she notes. Butler also describes how, for her newest album, musician Imogen Heap was inspired by the creaks, groans, hisses, and taps of her own old home. Butler asks the tantalizing question,
In the case of the Nightingale-Brown House, its story involves five generations of the Brown family, who were involved in or touched by slavery, imperialism and trade. I wonder, if a singer were to record an album there, what would it sound like?