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F. Scott Fitzgerald slept here: Summit Ave. row house on the market

By Andy Rathbun
St. Paul home where F. Scott Fitzgerald lived for a time during his younger and more vulnerable years is now up for sale.

The three-story row house at 593 Summit Ave., where Fitzgerald lived with his family for a couple of stretches beginning in 1914, was listed for sale Tuesday. With 3,441 square feet, four bedrooms and three baths, the brownstone will get the buyer a piece of literary history.
While not as closely associated with Fitzgerald as 599 Summit Ave., another of the eight row houses that make up what's known as Summit Terrace, the home is where Fitzgerald wrote "The Spire and the Gargoyle," a short story he called "the beginning of mature writing," according to "F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: His Homes and Haunts" by John J. Koblas.
Fitzgerald first lived in the home when he returned from his schooling at Princeton University for Christmas vacation in 1914, according to Koblas. He lived on the third floor and later returned to the house for a period while battling an illness.
Fitzgerald would go on to finish his first novel, "This Side of Paradise," while living at 599 Summit.
The current owner of 593 Summit has lived there for 34 years and is moving to northern Minnesota, said real estate agent Sarah Kinney.
"He has restored it to its original beauty," Kinney said. "It really is an unusual row house, even for St. Paul, and we're lucky that it's still in overall excellent condition."
Kinney noted that the house, which was built in 1889 and is listed for $665,000, is a single-family attached home and not a condominium.
The listing can be found at bit.ly/1dm3E1v.

Andy Rathbun can be reached at 651-228-2121. Follow him at twitter.com/andyrathbun.