Ernie Pyle House/Library

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Ernie Pyle House
Ernie Pyle Library Albuquerque New Mexico.jpg
Entrance to Ernie Pyle House and Library
Ernie Pyle House/Library is located in New Mexico
Ernie Pyle House/Library
Location 900 Girard Boulevard, SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Coordinates 35°4′12.56″N 106°36′45.29″W / 35.0701556°N 106.6125806°W / 35.0701556; -106.6125806Coordinates: 35°4′12.56″N 106°36′45.29″W / 35.0701556°N 106.6125806°W / 35.0701556; -106.6125806
Built 1940
Architect Arthur McCollum
Architectural style Modern Movement
NRHP Reference # 97001103
NMSRCP # 1659
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 22, 1997[2]
Designated NHL September 20, 2006[3]
Designated NMSRCP May 9, 1997[1]

The Ernie Pyle House/Library, at 900 Girard Boulevard, SE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the former home of famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle. It is a branch of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System and contains Pyle memorabilia and a monument to Pyle, who was killed in the Pacific in 1945.

History[edit]

Pyle and his wife, Jerry, had this house built in 1940 after years of roving the country as a columnist for Scripps-Howard Newspapers. Pyle was born in Indiana, but chose Albuquerque for a home after visiting many times and developing, in Pyle's words, "a deep, unreasoning affection" for New Mexico.

Pyle's dispatches from military theaters overseas, which focused on the war through the experiences of front-line infantry soldiers, were read avidly by millions during World War II. He was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished war correspondence in 1944[4]. Some of his columns mentioned the "little white house and picket fence" back in Albuquerque.

Pyle was killed by enemy gunfire on the island of Ie Shima in 1945; his wife Geraldine died later that year. The City of Albuquerque acquired the house from the Pyle estate in 1948, and converted it into its first branch library.

Today, the Ernie Pyle Library houses a small collection of adult and children's books, as well as Pyle memorabilia and archives. Although the house is an active branch library, its appearance as a home was carefully preserved. Both the interior room configuration and the landscaping, even the picket fence built by Pyle and the grave marker of his dog, Cheetah, have been preserved. It is visited by thousands of people every year from throughout the world.

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 22, 1997, and designated a National Historic Landmark on September 20, 2006.[3][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Mexico State and National Registers". New Mexico Historic Preservation Commission. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2006-03-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ a b "Ernie Pyle House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  4. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1944_Pulitzer_Prize.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ U.S. Department of the Interior. "Ernie Pyle's Home a National Historic Landmark". Archived from the original on January 25, 2007. Retrieved October 31, 2006. 
  6. ^ Note: A National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination document should be available upon request from the National Park Service for this site, but it appears not to be available on-line from the NPS Focus search site.

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