Pontalba Buildings

In his short story "Hidden Gardens," Truman Capote describes the Pontalba Buildings as "...the oldest, in some ways most somberly elegant, apartment houses in America." The matching red-brick block-long four-story buildings were built in the 1840s by the Baroness Micaela Almonester Pontalba, and were home to Sherwood Anderson's salon.

The Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum

The Beauregard-Keyes House at 1113 Chartres Street was dedicated as a Literary Landmark in honor of Frances Parkinson Keyes. The home was her winter residence from 1945 until her death in 1970, and the location where she wrote her best known work, Dinner at Antoine's.

Tennessee Williams' Dumaine Street Home

This property is the only home Tennessee Williams owned in New Orleans, the city he considered his "spiritual home." He lived off and on in the second floor apartment for twenty one years, until his death in 1983.

The Steinbeck House

Built in 1897 and restored in 1973, this Queen Anne Victorian served as the birthplace and childhood home of John Steinbeck. Today, the house is operated by The Valley Guild as a luncheon restaurant. Tours and private parties are available.

The Mother Colony House

Constructed in 1857, the Mother Colony House, one of the oldest buildings in Anaheim, California, is an American Territorial–style cottage built from redwood. It was once home to Nobel Prize–winning Polish writer Henryke Sienkiewicz. The house is now a museum overseen by the Anaheim Library. Tours are given by appointment only.

National Steinbeck Center

Located in John Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas, California, the National Steinbeck Center consists of the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall and the Rabobank Agriculture Museum. Programs offered by the center include lectures, film and panel discussions about Steinbeck, authors talks, art openings, and community-based events, such as a Day of the Dead celebration and the annual Steinbeck Festival.

John’s Grill

Located in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco, John's Grill was a setting in Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. In the film, Sam Spade asks the waiter to hurry his order of "chops, baked potato, and sliced tomatoes." The interior features original period furnishings and authentic memorabilia. In 1997, John’s Grill was declared a National Literary Landmark.

Hours are Monday through Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM and Sunday 12 PM to 10 PM. 

Hotel del Coronado

Founded in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has been a setting in literature, film, and legend. The most famous work of literature involving the hotel is L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Author Richard Matheson stayed at the Hotel del Coronado while writing his novel Bid Time Return in order to experience the life of his character. This hotel is also presumed to be the setting for the 1891 short story, An Heiress From Redhorse, by Ambrose Bierce.

Dashiell Hammett’s Home

891 Post Street was home to Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon, in the 1920s. An historical marker indicates the location of Hammett's apartment, but the building itself is occupied by tenants.

Snapdragon Inn

Constructed in 1815 by John Skinner, 26 Main Street was long owned by Maxwell Perkins, who vacationed here in the summer. Perkins is best known as the editor for F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, and Ernest Hemingway, among others.


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