Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Homer Pound House, at 314 2nd Ave., S., in Hailey, Idaho, is a historic house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is significant as the birthplace of the poet Ezra Pound (1885â€"1972), who was born there on October 30, 1885, when Hailey was part of the Idaho Territory. Ezra was the only child of Homer Loomis Pound (1858â€"1942) and Isabel Weston (1860â€"1948). Homer's father was Thaddeus Coleman Pound (1832â€"1914), who was a Republican congressman for northwest Wisconsin and who had made and lost a fortune in the lumber business. Homer worked for Thaddeus until Thaddeus secured him an appointment as registrar of the government land office in Hailey, a post in which he served from 1883 to 1887.

The house was built in 1883 or 1884 and was a work of Horace Greeley Knapp. It was later the home of the local journalist Roberta McKercher until 1996; in 2007 it was owned and used by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

The house was listed on the National Register in 1978.


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