F. Scott Fitzgerald Birthplace, 481 Laurel Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Birthplace

Address: 481 Laurel Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Summit-University, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1894
Primary Style: Colonial Revival
Architect or source of design: F.A. Clark
Builder: Carl Peterson
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
Building Permit Number: 30595
First Owner: Bennett E. Carlson

Summit-University Saint Paul Ramsey

F. Scott Fitzgerald Birthplace, 481 Laurel Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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F. Scott Fitzgerald lived here with his family until 1898.

Memories and Stories

Notice the twin buildings. The builder called them San Mateo Flats. Scott was born at home in 1896 in the left building. Sadly, his two sisters, ages one and three, had died from influenza shortly before his birth. Probably because of this, his mother, Mollie McQuillan, became overly protective of Scott. The family lived here for another year, but then Scott's father, Edward, lost his job as a wicker furniture salesman. He moved the family to New York where a daughter Annabelle was born. Imagine this neighborhood without electric lights. Some houses were not electrified until 1911. Imagine groceries, coal and ice being delivered by horse and wagon.

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