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Gilded Age for sale: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Baltimore house

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If you want a taste of the Gilded Age, just plunk down $450,000, the asking price for a Baltimore townhouse once owned by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The author who gave us "The Great Gatsby" and other classics lived in Towson and Baltimore while wife Zelda was being treated for her mental health problems. Now the four-bedroom townhouse at 1307 Park Avenue in Bolton Hill is up for sale.

Here's what the University of Baltimore's Literary Heritage says about his time here: "In 1932, Fitzgerald brought [Zelda] and their daughter, Frances Scott "Scottie" Fitzgerald, to Baltimore. They rented a house just north of Rodgers Forge on the grounds of La Paix, the estate of architect Bayard Turnbull, while Zelda received treatment at the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital and later at Sheppard Pratt Hospital. After a fire at La Paix ... Fitzgerald moved to 1307 Park Avenue in Bolton Hill, not far from the monument to his famous ancestor, Francis Scott Key. ...

"While in Baltimore, Fitzgerald finished 'Tender Is the Night', a book he'd been working on for years. The autobiographical novel about a psychiatrist who is nearly ruined by his marriage to a mental patient represented for Fitzgerald another chance at literary acclaim. Published in 1934, 'Tender Is the Night' did not receive the reviews he'd hoped for, and he was gravely disappointed ...

"Fitzgerald left Baltimore for good in 1937. He did like the city, though ... . It afforded him time to write, as well as the company of people he admired, including H. L. Mencken and Gertrude Stein. He set a few of his short stories in Baltimore, among them 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' and 'Benediction.' "

 

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