American Football are now the proud owners of the home at 704 West High Street in Urbana, Illinois, according to a statement from Polyvinyl Records. The house, known as “The American Football House” because of its appearance in the band’s debut albumalso owned by Polyvinyl, photographer He threatens Jeffersonin Chicago Open House Contemporaryand photographers and videographers Chris Strongwho designed the first American Football album cover.
According to Polyvinyl, the house was built in 1893 and sold last year. “[W]We made an agreement with our friends to protect the house from developers and possible demolition,” the label wrote. “A few days ago, we fulfilled this promise and formally signed the closing papers, preserving the space and its unique heritage within the community that shaped its existence.”
In 2014, American Football released the music video for “Not Explained,” which was filmed indoors. Then, in 2016, the interior of the house was featured on the cover of the band’s comeback album. Chris Strong directed and edited the music video, and he took the photography for the album.