LLR Books

Winter Place

By Kelly Kazek

Are you a romantic? Would you enjoy having tea in the very room where the beautiful and vivacious Montgomery native Zelda Sayre met the dashing, soon-to-be-famous author F. Scott Fitzgerald?
For the right price, you can. The home where the famed Jazz Age couple met, Winter Place, is for sale.
Joseph Winter Thorington, a former owner of the home, claimed Scott and Zelda were introduced by his aunt at a tea in the mansion's gallery. Zelda lived with her family up the street at 6 Pleasant Ave. at the time, according to a story on HuffingtonPost.com.
Winter Place was built in 1855 for Joseph Samual and Mary Elizabeth Winter, presumably by architect Samuel Sloan of Philadelphia, who designed Winter's first home. The complex also housed the first offices of the Confederate Army.
The property was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 2005 and the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
The conjoined homes on the property were listed on Alabama's Places in Peril in 2005. Today, the homes are unoccupied but were purchased in 2006 by Craig Drescher who had hopes of restoring the Italianate manor, the "North House," and its "fraternal twin" Second Empire-style home on the property, called the "South House."