Erma Bombeck home named to National Register

Erma Bombeck. (Photo/University of Dayton)
Erma Bombeck. (Photo/University of Dayton)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Writer Erma Bombeck is a shining star in the Miami Valley.

The humorist is well known for her columns and books on family and motherhood.  She started her career and raised a family in a modest 1959 ranch home in Centerville.

With the approval of current owners, the home was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Erma Bombeck's Centerville home added to National Register of Historic Places.  (WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles)
Erma Bombeck’s Centerville home added to National Register of Historic Places. (WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles)

A participant in the annual Erma Bombeck’s Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton asked for Bombeck’s children’s permission to submit the home last year.

“It was one of my pipe dreams,” said Martha Boice, Landmarks Foundation of Centerville-Washington Township. “Few communities can claim so cherished a person.”

The home was officially listed earlier this month.

“It’s a nice honor for my mom,” said Matt Bombeck, Erma’s son. “It was a great place to grow up and we really have fond memories of our neighbors and the neighborhood. The nice thing about the neighborhood is that it really hasn’t changed that much since we were there except the trees are bigger.”

The Bombecks built the home at 162 Cushwa Drive. They lived there until 1968 when Erma’s career started to take off. Iconic talk show host Phil Donahue lived across the street.

The house will remain a private residence. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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