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Release: Jan. 8, 2002

Photo: The Shambaugh House in transit Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, from 219 N. Clinton Street to its new home at the corner of Clinton and Fairchild streets. Click here to see a gallery of images from the move.

IWP Will Finally Have A 'Home' With Shambaugh House Move

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) has been hosting prominent foreign writers for nearly 35 years. Now, with the Jan. 8 relocation of Shambaugh House to the corner of Clinton and Fairchild Streets, the IWP will finally have its own "home."

This new home will reflect the IWP's welcoming atmosphere, and its location across from the Writers' Workshop's Dey House will finally give the UI a "writing campus" for its two world-famous creative-writing programs.

The IWP, which has inhabited offices in the English/Philosophy Building, will move into Shambaugh House this spring.

"This marks a new beginning for the IWP," says IWP Director Christopher Merrill. "It is the most visible symbol of the UI's reinvigorated commitment to the program. Now we have our own house facing the Writers Workshop, which should enhance the already-vital synergy between the two programs and make convenient a variety of new connections and interchanges."

Shambaugh House, which has housed the UI Honors Program at 219 N. Clinton, is being relocated as part of the project to construct and provide access to the Jacqueline N. Blank Honors Center and the Pomerantz Center, at the corner of Market Street and the T. Anne Cleary Walkway.

Rod Lehnertz, project manager for the relocation, says, "The primary reason for moving the house is to make way for the Blank Honors Center. However, Shambaugh House is an historic home, and its new residential setting will be a more appropriate architectural location."

Shambaugh House was built in 1902 as a family dwelling by Professor Benjamin Franklin Shambaugh, for whom Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library was named, and Bertha Horack Shambaugh, at a cost of $1,600. The Shambaughs, famed for their hospitality, bequeathed their home to the UI, and the historic house has been the UI Honors Center since 1983.

The new Honors Center will house the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development and the Honors Program, making the UI the first school in the nation to offer -- under one roof -- programs, services and support for academically gifted and talented students all the way from kindergarten through college. The Pomerantz Center will house UI career services, including the Admission Visitors Center, Academic Advising Center, MBA Career Services, the Executive MBA Program, and the Alumni Career Information Network.

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