PORT ARTHUR, Texas – 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.