Summit Terrace

This building, Summit Terrace, was designed as rental property by Wilcox and Johnston.  A  symmetrical row house of dark Lake Superior brownstone,  the structure has recessed doorways, bay windows and octagonal turrets at each end.  The Fitzgerald family first moved into 593 in 1914  when Scott was a sophomore at Princeton.  He spent some time at this home in 1916 while recuperating from a light case of tuberculosis.   Two years later his parents, Edward and Molly, moved to 599 Summit.

In 1919, Scott,  just back from his Army service with his engagement to Zelda Sayre broken and having hated his short stint as an advertising  copy writer in New York, came home in July to 599 Summit.   He planned to edit – actually to rewrite - his twice rejected novel, The Romantic Egoist.   He was determined to  achieve his dream as a writer.  For two months he worked round the clock in a secluded third-floor room revising every scene and writing new ones.  His parents were his allies bringing him food and shielding him from friends and telephone calls.  On September 4,  he sent the new draft,  titled  This  Side of Paradise ,  to Maxwell Perkins, his Scribner editor.  Two weeks later he received word that manuscript had been accepted for publication.  The story is that he ran out onto Summit Avenue to stop the cars and share the news with his friends (Koblas,44).   50,000 copies were published in March of 1920.  The book was an instant success bringing fame to Fitzgerald; but very little money.