The Mansion on Turtle Creek
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The Kindness of Strangers
The elegant former mansion of the King family, and then of oilman Freeman Burford, the Rosewood Mansion—now The Mansion on Turtle Creek—was the temporary home of Tennessee Williams who wrote Summer and Smoke while a guest of the Burfords here in the 1940s. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt (both writers as well as politicians) also stayed here during Burford's reign. The mansion was converted to a hotel. Literary lovers can either book a stay (not cheap) or tour the lobby and stay to dine at the hotel's Mansion Restaurant, an elegant French affair known in the city as the place for classic fine dining. The elegant hotel still exudes the private home feel that must have led Tennessee to "rely on the kindness of strangers" and stay for such an extended time.
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