Fitzgerald's St. Paul home to be opened up to the public for one afternoon


For one afternoon only the childhood home of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald will be open to the public for a tour.

The current owners of the 599 Summit Avenue home in St. Paul are planning to move, so they offered their home to the Fitzgerald in Saint Paul group to host an open house and fundraising benefit.

The open house is on Sunday, August 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The proceeds go toward supporting the publication of the organization's forthcoming book, tentatively titled "Fitzgerald and his Friends at Home and Play."

It compiles newly unearthed information to make a comprehensive documentation of Fitzgerald's Minnesota connections.

The book is expected to be published in May of 2017.

The general admission tickets are already sold out, but admission is still possible with the pre-order of the organization's book.

Attendees must register ahead of time (click here).

The room below the roof

The open house will show the interior of the house, third floor and the room below the roof.

Dr. James L.W. West, III, said in his introduction to "This Side of Paradise," a 1920 Fitzgerald novel, that this room was significant to Fitzgerald's writing.

After a serious of set-backs and a stalled writing career, Fitzgerald returned to his parent's home when he was 23-years-old.

He climbed into the attic, set up a writing area and pinned chapter outlines to the window curtain.

After two months of labored writing, he produced a draft of "This Side of Paradise," the novel that helped his career take off.

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