The home itself was constructed in 1875 in the Victorian style. After being moved to its Main Street location, the home was renovated and restored to the state in which it existed when Tennessee Williams was born in 1911. Just three months after the welcome center opened, Tennessee Williams was honored with a U.S. postage stamp and a public ceremony was held at the center. The home was also recently honored with being designated a National Literary Landmark, and it now serves as the official Welcome Center for Columbus.
Tennessee Williams was a famous American playwright who spent the early years of his childhood in Columbus, Mississippi. Williams was born in Columbus in 1911 and spent the early years of his life in the Victorian style home that now serves as the welcome center. Although Williams' family moved out of Columbus a few years after his birth, his initial upbringing in the city and his family's memories of living there inspired in him a love of the old South that was reflected in his writing. During his writing career, Williams was honored with a Pulitzer Prize and is known for famous works such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie.