The historic President’s Cottage on the ASU Main Campus is the home of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Located on the corner of Palm Walk and Tyler Mall, the house was constructed in 1907 and served as the home of the university’s president until 1959. Since that time, it has been used by the ASU Alumni Association for administrative offices (1961 to 1972) and as the home of the University Archives (1972 to 1995). The house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is especially fitting as a home for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, as Robert Frost visited there twice as the guest of then-President Grady Gammage.
The house and grounds serve as a vibrant, nurturing environment in which writers, faculty, students, and community members can exchange ideas and share an appreciation for literature and writing. This unique facility provides essential space for classes, seminars, two formal reception areas, administrative offices, a library, an archive for ASU literary history, as well as an outdoor-performance area and writers garden. While The Writers House evokes the particular warm atmosphere, deep historical roots, and imaginative energy that characterize the ASU Creative Writing Program, it is also the launching ground for new initiatives that connect diverse communities.
Hours of Operation and Tours
The Piper Writers House is open for Piper Center business and for use by the students and MFA faculty members Monday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm. The Resource Center Library is also open to the public during these hours. Tours of the house are also available, please call 480-965-6018 to schedule a tour.
The Piper Center for Creative Writing staff will consider scheduling outside events and meetings for university groups and community partners on an individual basis. These groups/partners will be charged a fee of $300 for three (3) hours or less or $500 for all day. These events must provide their own staffing and supplies, and must abide by all Piper Writers House rules and policies.
The architectural firm for the 2005 renovation of the Piper Writers House was DWL Architects & Planners, Inc.