To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of theÂ Thurber House, ArtZineÂ takes a look back at its beginnings and finds out how this condemned property became one of the nationâ€™s most treasured literary centers.
“Well, it was almost a disaster inside,” said Norm Spain, Thurber House trustee emeritus.
Apparently, the city wanted to tear it down, but it was spared when it got placed on theÂ nationalÂ register of historical places.
All told, it cost about a quarter of a million dollars to restore the house, and it came in small increments.
The doors to the Thurber House were opened for the first time in 1984 with the goal of reaching out to the literary public, establishing a writer in residence program.
“There’s just something so great about actually being hear, ” said author Jennifer Crusie, among “the ghosts.”
“The Thurber House’s work is just vital when it comes to nurturing humor writers,” said Alan Zweibel, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor in 2007.
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