The 111-year-old May Prentice House completed the final part of its journey to its new location on Kent State University's Esplanade off Lincoln Street on Monday.
The house moved from its original location at 128 S. Willow St. to 214/220 S. Willow St. in February 2012, then along the Esplanade to behind Starbucks. On Monday, it slid about 20 feet to its final location.
The house will become the new home for the Wick Poetry Center. Director David Hassler said the university thought the Wick Poetry Center fit well along the Esplanade, which connects the university to the town, because of the center's collaborative actions between students and community for its programming.
"We're really excited to move into our location where we can be a point of destination, where we can invite classrooms to come to the Wick Poetry Center and have a writing workshop in our house," he said.
The home was originally owned by May Prentice, the university's first female faculty member who was "great champion of imagination, of the value of literacy and of creative thinking," Hassler said. Prentice, hired by Kent State Normal School, before it became Kent State University, taught English, education and school management until 1930.
The center is still raising funds to renovate the house's interior and build a poetry park beside it.
The park will include a changeable exhibit of Traveling Stanzas, a project where Kent State graphic design students create posters with poems taken from the community, and the Edwin S. Gould Amphitheatre.
"The ampitheatre in the park will be named after professor Edwin Gould, who was a chemistry professor but also a poet and a musician," Hassler said. "His widow Carol Gould really initiated the plans for the park by making a gift in memory of her husband for the amphitheatre."
The park can be used for "an outdoor classroom. It can be a place for performances and lectures," Hassler said. "It can be a place for receptions. And it can also be a place for quiet reflection and inspiration."
Hassler said the house is expected to be finished by November and the park by the end of next summer.