Thomas Wolfe House

The Thomas Wolfe House, AKA the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, is a historic house and museum located at 52 N Market St. in Asheville, North Carolina, that was the childhood home of author Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938).

The two-story frame house was built in 1883, influenced by the Queen Anne Style of architecture. By 1906, when Wolfe's mother, Julia E. (Westall) Wolfe (1860-1945), bought the house, it was a boarding house named Old Kentucky Home. She soon went to live at her business with Tom, while the other Wolfes remained at their Woodfin Street residence. Wolfe lived at the boarding house until he went to the University of North Carolina in 1916. Julia Wolfe enlarged the house in 1917, adding five rooms.

Wolfe used the house as the setting for his first novel, Look Homeward, Angel (1929). Changing the name of his mother's boarding house to "Dixieland" in his autobiographical fiction, he incorporated his own experiences among family, friends and boarders into the book.

The Thomas Wolfe House was designated a National Historic Landmark on November 11, 1971.

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