Kanye West has finished renovating his childhood home

As a heartfelt tribute to his late mother, the renowned rapper and producer Kanye West completed the restoration of his childhood home in Chicago. Located in the South Shore neighborhood, the home now features a stunning gate with the initials “DH” symbolizing Donda West’s lasting impact on her life and career.

The home, which West originally wanted to convert into a youth community center, was the subject of a council debate after officials called for its demolition.

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Kanye West finishes renovating his childhood home

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According to the Daily Mail, the restoration project, which “Donda’s” crown embarked on earlier this year, aimed to preserve the memories and legacy of her upbringing while paying tribute to her beloved mother, Donda West, who died of heart disease following plastic surgery in 2007.

The restored home is a testament to West’s roots and deep connection with his late mother. The gate bearing the initials “DH,” short for “Donda’s House,” is a poignant reminder of Donda’s name and guiding presence in West’s life.

Kanye West with his late mother Donda West
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According to the news outlet, during the remodeling of the 1,600-square-foot home, a new roof, a pair of wooden stairs at the entrance and at the back end, and surveillance cameras were installed on both sides of the building.

The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home has an American flag with the words “Long exterior” attached to a window in the back, and several tree stumps painted in Jamaican colors of red, yellow and green.

Officials wanted to foreclose on the property

Kanye West and Bianca Censori's

Based on Daily Maillocal officials previously expressed concern that the property would become a haven for drug addicts.

Reports of suspicious activity and littering at the home sparked alarm among authorities, leading to discussions about closing the home.

Through his charity Donda’s House, West bought the property to turn it into a community arts “incubator” for at-risk youth, but the authorities faced protests for abandoning it.

However, they received the permits that allowed the property to experience the complete makeover it is now.

Kanye West introduced Home in his professional works

Marilyn Manson and Kanye West hang out on stage at Kanye's late mother Donda's house in Chicago

The childhood home, lovingly renovated by the “Jesus the King” crooner, has taken on a prominent role in his professional endeavors.. The house served as a major source of inspiration for West, and its inclusion in his work symbolized his connection to his roots and the journey that led him to musical success.

Fans of the rapper will recall that the video for his 2011 collaboration with Jay Z, “Watch the Throne,” included scenes shot in and around the same house. The visual representation of his childhood home allowed viewers to glimpse the place that shaped his formative years and influenced his artistic expression.

He also toured the home with his then-wife and eldest daughter, North Kardashian, on the 2018 edition of his former reality series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. West also unveiled a replica of his home at the “Donda” album listening event in 2021, using it as a creative resource.

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In other news, the rapper’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian made a surprising confession about her ex-husband’s concerns about their daughter North appearing on social media platform TikTok. In a recent interview Time magazineKardashian revealed that she now understands and admits that West was sometimes “right” about not wanting their daughter to participate in certain online activities.

The revelation came after 10-year-old North posted videos on TikTok, teaming up with rapper Ice Spice for some mature lyrics. While the videos have garnered attention and many views, they raise questions and concerns about whether such content is appropriate for a young child.

“As soon as I saw the words, I was like, ‘Oh no, we’re putting this down,'” Kardashian told the publication. “I saw online (people saying), ‘Kanye was right,’ and maybe he was in this case.”

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