Beatle's boyhood home may be preserved


LONDON -- The childhood home of Ringo Starr may be saved from the wrecking ball.

Negotiations are under way to dismantle the condemned Liverpool row house and rebuild it as part of a major new museum in the northwestern English city, officials said Wednesday.

The Liverpool City Council approved the demolition of the tiny Victorian house on Madryn Street, one of more than 400 properties to be razed for a redevelopment project, in 2005, despite protests from Beatles fans.

The council ruled that the house, where Starr lived for about three months before his family moved to another street nearby, had no historic significance.

Starr, 66, has criticized the plan to demolish the homes, saying they should be restored.

National Museums Liverpool said talks were under way with the council and the house's owner to preserve the home as part of the new dockside Museum of Liverpool, slated to open in 2008.

City councilor Flo Clucas said the house has major cultural significance, both for Beatles fans "and to help tell the story of streets like Madryn Street to the wider world."

The childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney are both owned by the National Trust heritage group and are open to the public.