(CORNING) Renovation continues on the Johnny Carson birthplace home in Corning.
Roger Sorensen, Johnny Carson Birthplace Chairman, said they have replaced the basement and foundation on the home and most recently they got some grant money to renovate the house back to the 1925 era.
“Our next thing, when we get this completed, we’re hoping to put a visitation center up there and have all the memorabilia and the monologues and all that, that we can gather up and put that in there as well,” said Sorensen. “We’ve got too much for the house right now.”
Johnny Carson was born in Corning on October 23, 1925. He became an icon in the 1960’s as host of the Tonight Show. Carson retired from the show in 1992. He passed away at the age of 79 in 2005.
“In Corning, Iowa, he is the number one TV icon and it’s pretty exciting to have that recognition here in just a small town in southwest Iowa,” said Sorensen.
The Johnny Carson birthplace home will be closed during the renovation process and is expected to be back open in the spring.
For more information on the home, visit johnnycarsonbirthplace.org.
(Photo from johnnycarsonbirthplace.org)