John Nelson’s House

539 Newton Avenue North

Where Prince came into conflict with his father

Following his divorce from Prince’s mother in 1968, John Nelson lived briefly in the Logan house, and then moved to an apartment on Glenwood Avenue. Nelson bought this house in December 1972, when Prince was fourteen-years old. After moving out of his mother’s house around age thirteen, Prince most likely lived part-time at his father’s apartment and at his Aunt Olivia Lewis’s house until Nelson purchased this house. A long-time musician himself, Nelson influenced the young teenager musically and allowed his son and friends to rehearse in the home. Prince only lived here for a short time. After conflicts with his father escalated, Prince moved back in with his Aunt Olivia.



539 Newton Avenue North