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About Thurber House

Thurber House: Where laughter, learning, and literature meet.

Listed on the National Register of Historic places, Thurber House was the home of author, humorist, and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber and his family when Thurber was a student at The Ohio State University. Thurber House is now a literary center and museum of Thurber materials. Thurber House is a living museum. We allow visitors to experience Thurber’s life by becoming a guest of the Thurber family. While in the house museum, visitors are invited to sit on the chairs, play a tune on the downstairs piano, touch the typewriter that was Thurber’s while he was at the New Yorker, and become a part of literary history. (Stories about the time Thurber lived in this house are included in his My Life and Hard Times and The Thurber Carnival.) Thurber House is furnished in the style of the 1913-1917 period that Thurber lived in the home with his parents, two brothers, and several canine companions. The first two floors are open daily for tours. Next door to Thurber House is the Thurber Center, a contemporary classroom and conference facility complemented by a gallery celebrating book-related artwork. In between the buildings is the Centennial Reading Garden, complete with sculptures of five Thurber dogs, a fountain, and three Central Park benches.

Thurber House
77 Jefferson Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215

t: 614.464.1032 
f: 614.280.3645 

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3 comments

  1. Did James Thurber actually own this house at any time? I just saw the Syfy episode on the house and it piqued my curiosity because my mother told me several years ago she had seen the house on TV and it was the same house she and my father rented in the late 40s and very early 50s while my father was a student at Ohio State. They sub-let rooms to other students. Do you have any information on the house from 1946 or 1947 to 1952?


  2. I have a Thurber black and white art print that I cannot identify the artist. He is from Ohio. Can you help?


    • Hi Carol-

      Thank you for letting us know about this print. Are you looking to donate the print, or would you just like more information about the print and potentially who the artist is? Please email me at thurberhouse@thurberhouse.org for more information.

      Tricia Fairman
      Thurber House
      General House Administrator



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