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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX/IRN) – The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says the boyhood home of Miles Davis is definitely a candidate to be listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and in doing so could save it from vandals.

IHPA spokesman David Blanchette says the state would like to hear from anyone who wants to nominate the home for the federal designation.

“Even though the Miles Davis home is not on the national register of historic places, just because of its association with [Davis] it is indeed a historic structure and the possibilities of it being in the national register were someone to nominate it would be very high,” Blanchette said.

The home could also be listed as a state historic site, owned and run by the state, but Blanchette says that requires an act by lawmakers in Springfield.

Blanchette’s comments come after it was reported that the East St. Louis home has been vandalized in recent weeks. Much of the aluminum siding has been stripped away, windows are broken and pipes have been taken. The vacant home still belongs to the Davis family. Davis was born in Alton and died in 1991.

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