Robert Indiana’s home needs love if it’s to be a museum

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) – Pop artist Robert Indiana’s deteriorating home is going to need a lot of love if it’s to be turned into a museum as he wished.

The degraded condition of the home dubbed the Star of Hope means millions of dollars would have to be spent. His artwork including some from his famous LOVE series would be displayed in the home on Vinalhaven Island.

Local residents fear the aging Victorian built in the 1870s could be beyond hope by time his estate is settled in a few years.

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, fans gather outside "Star of Hope" the residence of artist Robert Indiana on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. Indiana died on May 19, 2018, in the house, which had a hole in the roof and pigeons living inside. But testimony in probate court showed that he had plenty of money even as his home fell into disrepair around him. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, fans gather outside "Star of Hope" the residence of artist Robert Indiana on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. Indiana died on May 19, 2018, in the house, which had a hole in the roof and pigeons living inside. But testimony in probate court showed that he had plenty of money even as his home fell into disrepair around him. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, fans gather outside “Star of Hope” the residence of artist Robert Indiana on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. Indiana died on May 19, 2018, in the house, which had a hole in the roof and pigeons living inside. But testimony in probate court showed that he had plenty of money even as his home fell into disrepair around him. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Phil Crossman leads a local preservation group. He says he fears it won’t take much longer for the home to be “beyond repair.”

Indiana had been living in the home even as maintenance was neglected in his final years. He died there May 19 at age 89.

In this Sept. 1, 2018 photo, the windows are boarded up on artist Robert Indiana's historic "Star of Hope" home on Main Street in Vinalhaven, Maine. Indiana died on May 19 in the house, which had a hole in the roof and pigeons living inside. But testimony in probate court showed that he had plenty of money even as his home fell into disrepair around him. (Jake Bleiberg/Bangor Daily News via AP)

In this Sept. 1, 2018 photo, the windows are boarded up on artist Robert Indiana's historic "Star of Hope" home on Main Street in Vinalhaven, Maine. Indiana died on May 19 in the house, which had a hole in the roof and pigeons living inside. But testimony in probate court showed that he had plenty of money even as his home fell into disrepair around him. (Jake Bleiberg/Bangor Daily News via AP)

In this Sept. 1, 2018 photo, the windows are boarded up on artist Robert Indiana’s historic “Star of Hope” home on Main Street in Vinalhaven, Maine. Indiana died on May 19 in the house, which had a hole in the roof and pigeons living inside. But testimony in probate court showed that he had plenty of money even as his home fell into disrepair around him. (Jake Bleiberg/Bangor Daily News via AP)

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