History of the House
Dating back to 1942, the 3302 Grand Ave. house is a simple, rectangular shaped one-story, two bedroom property with an ante-room, kitchen, and a single full bathroom. Later in time, a back recreation room was added onto the house by Cassius Sr. In all, the house is approximately 1,200 square feet.
The Clay family purchased the house on March 28, 1947. Cassius Jr. was five years old at the time. The entire Clay family resided at the 3302 Grand Ave. house full-time from 1947 through 1961.
After the Clay family relocated, the 3302 Grand Ave. house was sold four times, and in 2013 the property was sold to its current owners, Jared Weiss and George Bochetto, who have since restored the house into a Museum showcasing Muhammad Ali’s childhood and historic legacy.
It is the unfortunate truth that, since the 1990s and early 2000s, the 3302 Grand Ave. house fell into an extreme state of disrepair. The entire foundation had deteriorated, the house had frequently been vandalized, roof leaks created substantial water damage, and the walls and floors became unstable.
During the restoration process, the entire foundation was reconstructed, while the house itself was stripped to its skeletal structure and rebuilt. New dry wall and flooring were installed, and customized state-of-the-art heating, air conditioning, ventilation and security systems were built-in. To reverse the physical alterations that occurred at 3302 Grand Ave. after the Clay family moved out, an architectural professional investigated the skeletal frame for traces of the house’s original design, and in the process, redesigned various parts of the structure to replicate the house as it existed in the 1950s. The bedroom belonging to Muhammad and Rahaman Ali also underwent re-construction and was returned to its original condition.
Local charitable organizations and craftsmen were employed in the rehabbing process, including the “Jesus and a Job” program, headed by Reverend Elliot, and Peters Construction Management, to complete the project.