Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home
Novelist Sinclair Lewis grew up in this two-story historic home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Built in 1885, it was across the street from where he was born. Lewis was a well-known writer in the 1920s and was perhaps the most famous American writer, internationally speaking, since Edgar Allen Poe. Lewis wrote 24 novels, plays, and short stories. His most famous novels include "Main Street", which was a satirical look into his home town, and "Babbit," which explored the politics of the time period. The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 (or perhaps 1976) and designated a National Landmark in 1968. It is managed by the Sinclair Lewis Foundation, which is housed in the city's Chamber of Commerce building.
Backstory and Context
The house was bought in 1956 by the Sinclair Lewis Foundation. With the assistance of the Minnesota Historical Society, the house was restored and contains many items of the Lewis family as well as other items of the early 20th century.