Hiram College

History and Facilities

The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature was founded in 2006 and is named for two poets with close ties to Northeast Ohio. It is based in neighboring buildings: the Stephen and Jacquelyn Love Writing House and Bonney Castle.


  • Nicholas Vachel Lindsay attended Hiram College from 1897 to 1900. Best known for The Congo, Lindsay traveled the country on foot reciting his poetry.
  • Harold Hart Crane was born in nearby Garrettsville. Crane’s work includes The Bridge, a complex counterpoint to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and a celebration of American identity.


  • The Stephen and Jacquelyn Love Writing House is a Queen Anne style house built in the 1890s and originally used as a boarding house.
  • Bonney Castle, the oldest building affiliated with Hiram College, served as an inn in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Both buildings include intimate classroom spaces, perfect for discussions, and cozy reading spaces that are available for students to study and meet outside of class time.