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Historic House Inches Toward Esplanade

Kent State moves May Prentice House across Willow Street

Stein House Movers spent several hours in the freezing cold Thursday moving the historic May Prentice House across South Willow Street.

The house will serve as the new home of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University and will stand across the Esplanade from the new College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

The house, the former home of Kent State's first female faculty member, was moved in February 2012 so that construction on the Esplanade, the pedestrian trail linking the campus to downtown Kent, could proceed. The house had stood at 128 S. Willow St. — directly in the path of the new walkway — and had temporarily been moved to the western side of the road.

The house will be moved near its final spot so that a permanent foundation for the house can be built

The 110-year-old house is just one of two that was in the way of the Esplanade and not demolished.

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