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Thurber Center is a contemporary conference and classroom facility adjacent to James Thurber’s home on historic Jefferson Avenue. It is one of twelve gracious homes housing non-profit organizations, surrounding a spacious elliptical park; dozens of mature trees make it easy to forget that you are literally seconds from access to Route I-71.

Thurber Center can accommodate meetings, seminars, training sessions, receptions, parties, and retreats. Individuals, organizations, and businesses are invited to rent part or the entire Center on a one-time or an ongoing basis. Wireless internet is available in both Thurber House and Thurber Center.

Thurber Center is located at 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.

Thurber Center Facilities

Facilities include a full kitchen with refrigerator, oven, microwave, and sink; a front covered porch; and a sculpture garden between the Center and Thurber House. Guided tours of Thurber House (the restored home of humorist, author, and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber, now a literary center and Thurber museum) are available for $4.00 per person and last just under an hour. (Please make reservations three weeks in advance.) Hear all about Thurber's Life and Hard Times - and the resident ghost!

Self-guided tours are free 1:00-4:00 pm daily, seven days a week.

Limited free parking is available in the lot behind the building (entered from 11th Avenue). Metered parking along Jefferson Avenue is free before 8:00 am, after 10:00 pm, and on Sundays; rates at other times are 25 cents for 50 minutes.

For Thurber Center reservations, please call (614) 464-1032 ext. 10, or email