Money will pay for new roof at TW home

Published 9:44 pm Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The childhood home of playwright Tennessee Williams will undergo $108,000 in renovations with a grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

A new roof will be built on the yellow and blue home on Main Street downtown. Repairs also will be made to the house’s chimneys and flooring.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright was born in Columbus in 1911.

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Dewitt Hicks, president of the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau’s board of directors, tells The Commercial Dispatch that a new roof is the most pressing need.

The Tennessee Williams Home was built around 1875. The building was originally the rectory for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The home was moved away from the church to its present location on Main Street in 1993.