After the house was purchased by the artists in 2017, in May 2019, the National Trust for Historic Preservation brought together thirty partners and stakeholders to Tryon to share ideas and suggestions for strategies to re-engage with Simone’s legacy. Their report of the findings was clear: they should use this space to “hear and listen to the voices of more people in the community—especially African Americans—about their vision for the space.” Because the home is located in a suburban area, it was important to the stakeholders to engage with the neighbors and develop a way to keep them involved.
The home is still a site for preservation and conversation. With leadership and guidance from the four artists, the National Trust, and the Tryon community, they are working to develop a rehabilitation plan for the historic site. The goal is to keep the historic integrity of the home (keeping it as close to its original appearance as possible), and also create an environment that can host walking tours, performances, programs for kids, community programs, and an artist in residency program.