The Jack Kerouac House of St. Petersburg Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of author Jack Kerouac’s last home in St. Petersburg, Florida and the promotion of local arts, artists, and culture. While the Kerouac house is not a museum per se, it is used as a gathering place/cultural space for various community activities such as poetry readings, streaming events, lectures, seminars, meetings, and other events consistent with its mission to enrich the (counter)culture of St. Petersburg.
Kerouac lived with his wife Stella and his mother Gabrielle in the house at 5169 10th Ave N from 1967 until his death on October 21, 1969 although Kerouac had lived in central Florida off and on for over a decade. Throughout his adult life Kerouac alternated between a quiet, domestic life with his mother and the restless wandering that made him famous in his most popular novel On The Road. His house at the corner of 10th Ave N and 52nd St was the last place he came off the road.
The Jack Kerouac House of St. Petersburg hopes to provide a place for current artists, scholars, and other creatives to do what they do best: enrich the cultural life of our city. As St. Petersburg’s cultural renaissance continues to expand, we hope the house will be a resource for local cultural groups and producers.