5 South Taylor, St. Louis, Missouri 63110
In Real Life:
Tennessee Williams did not write this Taylor Street apartment into The Glass Menagerie but I’m writing it into the tour guide because it’s one of the places Williams lived in St. Louis which may have helped form his opinions about on apartment living. The family moved from their first apartment on Westminster to South Taylor when he was eleven years old. Williams writes in Memoirs, that when his family made the move it was a “radical step down the social scale,” and so their friends on Westminister Street dropped them. Quite frankly, I couldn’t see the difference in social strata between the two apartments, but maybe the neighborhoods have changed. Williams believed the family moved because the apartment was sunnier and his mother was suffering from a spot on her lungs. Not only did the move seemingly help his mom recover – but it was there that Williams met a great childhood friend named Hazel and began a creative partnership in which she would illustrate stories he wrote. The family only lived there for one year.