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Carson McCullers Center | Nyack, NY

McCullers Nyack House

In 2013, CSU's Carson McCullers Center inherited Carson McCullers's adult home in Nyack, New York. This generous gift from the estate of Dr. Mary Mercer, McCullers's physician and long-time friend, also includes some of the late author's possessions and a $250,000 endowment for operating expenses and program development.

The house is a three-story Victorian in downtown Nyack, a suburb of New York that overlooks the Hudson River, just twenty miles outside of New York City. McCullers lived in the home from 1944 until her death in 1967. Originally a single-family home, the author had it subdivided into apartments on the advice and with the help of friend and playwright Tennessee Williams. Dr. Mercer acquired the house soon after Carson's death, and since then the house has been rented exclusively to artists. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

"This presents a thrilling opportunity for our students to study in a great American city in a famous American author's home. We intend to use the house for lodging for 'study-away' programs in the New York City area, much like CSU's house in Oxford, England."

Along with the home in Nyack, the Carson McCullers Center inherited many artifacts related to McCullers, including her art collection, book and record album collection, various papers, letters, and photographs, furniture that includes the sofa where she wrote her last novel Clock Without Hands and the marble table where she lunched with such visitors as Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Julie Harris, Helen Hayes, Edward Albee, Isak Dinesen, Henry Varnum Poor, Horton Foote, Bessie Breuer, George Davis, and Lotte Lenya. The furniture and some of the artwork now resides in the Carson McCullers Center on Stark Ave in Columbus.

 

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