William Inge Boyhood Home

Photo of WIlliam Inge's boyhood home; it is a white house with large, wrap-around porch.

Owned by the William Inge Festival Foundation, the William Inge Family Home is located at 514 N. 4th St. It is used by visiting artists working with the Inge Center for the Arts and Independence Community College, as well as for Inge Festival performances and other events. Since 2002, more then 50 guest artists have lived at the Inge House for extended residencies.

The house greatly influenced the stories of Bill Inge, whose family lived there from 1914 to 1930, when he was a toddler through his young adulthood.

In 2017, the Inge House was selected to be placed on the National Historic Register. With this prestigious designation, the William Inge Festival Foundation has launched an extensive renovation and restoration plan. Modern metal siding is being removed, to reveal the original clapboard siding and fish scale gables, to be repainted and repaired as needed. In addition, the roof is being replaced and heating and cooling systems have been replaced and updated.

The plan ultimately includes repair of window sashes, refurbishment of the staircase and flooring, repairs to the interior walls, and, of course, sprucing up the welcoming front porch.

The house is still being used as an artist residence throughout the restoration.

The William Inge Festival Foundation invites contributions for the restoration project. Contributions may be sent to the foundation at PO Box 1214, Independence, KS 67301. For more information call (620) 332-5492 or E-mail info@ingefestival.org.

Visit this National Register of Historic Places page to read more about the William Inge Home and William Inge.