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Stevenson House

  • Also Known As: French Hotel

  • Address: 530 Houston St
  • Vicinity: Between Pearl and Webster Sts
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

This two-story adobe has sheltered families, government officials, artists, writers and fishermen, beginning in the Mexican era. During its time as a rooming house, known as the French Hotel, a young writer, Robert Louis Stevenson, stayed a few months in the autumn of 1879. Poor, in frail health and unknown, Stevenson was cared for by friends while he courted his future wife, Fanny Osbourne. It was in Monterey that Stevenson penned the "Old Pacific Capital." Some say that his setting for the tale "Treasure Island" came from his walks along the Monterey Peninsula. Today, the Stevenson House has been restored with several rooms devoted to "Stevensonia." - Ca State Parks

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Stevenson House


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1830/00/00 First owned by Don Rafael Gonzalez, built in the 1830s
1879/08/30 Robert Louis Stevenson Visitor Robert Stevenson arrives in Monterey. He stays a few months at the French Hotel where he writes 'The Old Pacific Capital'.

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Particulars for Stevenson House:
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Education
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Hotel
Area of Significance Literature
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Historic Use Single dwelling
Other Description Spanish Colonial
Historic Use Specialty store
Owner State

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 7th January 1972

Registry Name: Stevenson House
Registry Address: Houston St. between Pearl and Webster Sts.
Registry Number: 72000239
Resource Type: Building
Owner: State
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Spanish Colonial
Contributing Buildings: 1
Non-Contributing Sites: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Literature, Education
Applicable Criteria: Event, Person
Period of Significance: 1875-1899
Significant Year: 1879
Associated People: Stevenson,Robert Louis
Historic Function: Domestic, Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling, Hotel, Specialty store
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Education, Other, Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Museum Park

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