She told me ahead of time that she'd gotten this set up, but it didn't make any sense at the time. After having spent a few days with Jenifer, I now get that she's just one of those people who has the near-magical ability to make things work.
Its also worth mentioning that Jenifer figured out from looking at pictures that she lives across the street from the recently renovated former apartment of pulp hero, Dashiell Hammett.
The story around the apartment itself is kind of amazing, and involves sleuthing on the part of his truest fans. Its true Hammett lived in multiple buildings, but by looking at return addresses on envelopes from letters, descriptions of Sam Spade's apartment in The Maltese Falcon and a few other contextual clues, they've narrowed it down and figured out that this was the apartment Hammett resided at for a few years in San Francisco, and when he wrote The Maltese Falcon.
I'm still not entirely clear on how Jenifer made the contact, but this morning we met up with one of the organizers of Noir City, who had been one of those investigators and who had lived in the apartment himself and did a lot of renovations. I won't go into specifics, but basically the apartment is now a very weird spot. Nobody lives there, and its a residential building, so there are no tours. Essentially its supported by a philanthropist who pays the rent and maintenance and the place sits empty most days except for an occasional tour like ours or a walking tour.
|Jenifer models next to the plaque talking about Hammett outside the security door.|
|Just inside the doorway|
Dedicated folks pieced together the apartment from fixtures in apartments from the building that were original, found items that matched the book, etc...
Its a fairly small place. A bedroom/ living room with a murphy bed, a small bath (with the original clawfoot tub and toilet, so you can stand where Hammett stood as he showered, I suppose), a small kitchen, etc.. So this was not from a period in Hammett's life where the money was just rolling in. Its a modest living space in a part of town with a lot of character now and then.
I did take more pictures, and when I upload them to Google, I'll post a link.
|Oh, the Falcon on the desk? I'm not sure what that's about.|
|No, this was not Hammett's chair, but its a nice chair, right?|
Thanks to Jenifer for arranging the tour (and so much more during my stay), to Bill who was more host that tour guide, and Doug, who was... there, I guess.
More pics when I get home and get them off my phone.