Ernest and Mary Hemingway House

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ernest and Mary Hemingway House
Ketchum is located in the United States
Ketchum is located in Idaho
LocationKetchum, Idaho, U.S.
Coordinates43°41′38″N 114°22′34″W / 43.694°N 114.376°W / 43.694; -114.376Coordinates: 43°41′38″N 114°22′34″W / 43.694°N 114.376°W / 43.694; -114.376
Area14 acres (5.7 ha)[1]
Built1953; 68 years ago (1953)
NRHP reference No.13001073
Added to NRHPMarch 13, 2015

The Ernest and Mary Hemingway House, in Ketchum, Idaho, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.[2] The National Register does not disclose its location but rather lists it as "Address restricted."[1] The property is the last undeveloped property of its size within the city limits of Ketchum.[1]

The house was built 68 years ago in 1953 for Henry J. "Bob" Topping, Jr. It is a two-story, 2,500-square-foot (230 m2) home in Ketchum, west of the Big Wood River.[3] Similar to the Sun Valley Lodge a few miles away, its exterior walls are concrete, poured into rough-sawn forms and then acid-stained to simulate wood. It was sold to Hemingway in 1959 for its asking price of $50,000, and the Hemingways occupied it in November 1959.[1]

On the morning of Sunday, July 2, 1961, Hemingway died in the home of a self-inflicted head wound from a shotgun.[3][4][5][6] After a brief funeral four days later, he was buried at the city cemetery.[7]

The Nature Conservancy acquired ownership in 1986.;[1] in May 2017, ownership was transferred to the Community Library, a privately funded public library.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Donald W. Watts (November 22, 2013). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Ernest and Mary Hemingway House / IHSI #13-94" (PDF). state of Idaho. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 18, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2017. Includes 22 photos from 2013.
  2. ^ "Ernest Hemingway's Idaho house put on National Register". BBC. August 13, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Ridler, Keith (May 23, 2017). "Hemingway house changes hands, still off limits to public". Associated Press. (also available here)
  4. ^ "Rugged Ernest Hemingway kills himself with shotgun". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 3, 1961. p. 1.
  5. ^ "Hemingway's death via shotgun wound mourned by millions". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). UPI. July 3, 1961. p. 1.
  6. ^ "Authorities rule out inquest in death of famed novelist". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). AP, UPI reports. July 3, 1961. p. 1A.
  7. ^ "Hemingway given quiet funeral". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. July 7, 1961. p. 7.

External links[edit]