Hiram House

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The Hiram House was one of the first settlement houses in the United States. It was founded in 1896 by George A. Bellamy and students from Hiram College. It was located on Orange Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, and offered English classes for immigrants to assist in passing the exams for citizenship.[1] Financial support came from the Mather, Prentiss, and Hunt families. The Orange Avenue facility operated until 1941.[2]

The Hiram House Camp, located on a 172-acre (0.70 km2) site in the nearby Chagrin River Valley village of Moreland Hills, was donated in 1902.[2] The organization has operated a summer camp continuously since 1897.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Hiram House". Ohio History Central. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  2. ^ a b "Hiram House". Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. 2009. Retrieved 2013-06-28.


  • Grabowski, John J. "A Social Settlement in a Neighborhood in Transition, Hiram House, Cleveland, Ohio, 1896-1926" (Ph.D. diss., CWRU, 1977)
  • Hiram House Records, Western Reserve Historical Society

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Coordinates: 41°27′1″N 81°26′52″W / 41.45028°N 81.44778°W / 41.45028; -81.44778