Wright Morris Boyhood House

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Wright Morris Boyhood House
Wright Morris Boyhood House
Viewed from the southeast.
Wright Morris Boyhood House is located in Nebraska
Wright Morris Boyhood House
Location 304 D Street in Central City, Nebraska
Coordinates 41°7′2.0″N 98°1′38.0″W / 41.117222°N 98.027222°W / 41.117222; -98.027222Coordinates: 41°7′2.0″N 98°1′38.0″W / 41.117222°N 98.027222°W / 41.117222; -98.027222
Built 1893
Architect W. C. Kerr[2]
Architectural style Vernacular
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80002457[1]
Added to NRHP October 10, 1980[3]

The Wright Morris Boyhood House is a vernacular style house built in 1893 in Central City Nebraska. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places,[2][4] as the boyhood home of author-photographer Wright Morris.

History and description[edit]

In 1893, W. C. Kerr (owner of Kerr Investment Company) built this house. It is a T-shaped, one-story vernacular frame house with two enclosed rear porches. It has three bays across the front with a centered doorway. It has a truncated hipped roof with a paneled cornice and gabled wall dormers centered on the front and rear of the house. The gabled pattern of the roof is repeated in the window and door trims. The interior includes pine woodwork, sliding doors, window seat, and a leaded glass transom window.[2]

Its primary historical significance is its connection to Wright Morris, who was born in Central City, Nebraska on January 6, 1910 and lived in this house until 1919. The city and the house played a significant role in his literary works and photography. In a private letter he wrote: "The house in which I spent my childhood, and remains the center of all my boyhood impressions, is on the southwest corner of B and D, across from the Baptist Church. I confess I feel a great attachment for it."[2][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d "National Register of Historic Places: Nomination Form" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Nebraska National Register Sites in Merrick County". Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-12-30.
  4. ^ Kay, John, Lonnie Dickson, Robert Kay, and Kathleen Fimple (1992). "Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey Reconnaissance Survey Final Report of Merrick County, Nebraska." (PDF). Nebraska State Historical Society: State Historic Preservation Office. 
  5. ^ "Wright Morris' Boyhood Home". Lone Tree Literary Society. 

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