Two years after being purchased by four artists, Nina Simone’s birth house has been designated a National Treasure. Fewer than 100 homes bear the distinction awarded by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Under the designation, which was created to bring communities together to preserve historic resources at-risk, the North Carolina African-American Heritage Commission and the World Monuments Fund will collaborate to perform a physical needs assessment and gauge the market for different uses. Kevin McIntyre purchased the home in 2003, but he had to give it up after investing $100,000 in renovations. Ellen Gallagher, Rashid Johnson, Julie Mehretu, and Adam Pendleton then purchased the home for $95,000. The owner-artists expect to spend $100,000 of their own and raise another $150,000 for the renovations. They don’t want the house to be an ordinary museum, but would prefer it to be some kind of makerspace with an artist residency program. “I can’t think of a better way to support the work of one artist than to support the work of others,” explained Pendleton. A natural on the piano, Simone was named the 29th greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone, and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.