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National Register of Historic Places Program:
Jack Kerouac House
Orlando, Florida

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

 

[Graphic] Weekly Highlight Property

It was while living in this house in Orlando, Florida, that American author and Beat Generation founder Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) received instant fame for the publication of his bestselling novel, On the Road. The final edits of his seminal novel were done while living at this residence, and it was here that he wrote another novel, The Dharma Bums, and a play called the Beat Generation. The Beat Generation was an American post-World War II cultural phenomenon that came to prominence in the 1950s. The Beats rejected materialism, and elements of the Beats embraced eastern philosophies and religions, as well as self reliance and self expression. Jack Kerouac originated the phase “Beat Generation” in 1948, and was considered one of its founders. The Jack Kerouac House, a rectangular, one-story, front gable, Frame Vernacular house, was rented by Jack Kerouac as a place where his mother could be near her family and Kerouac could write.

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