18. Elizabeth Hamilton's Cottage
222 Central Avenue (Corner of 2nd and Central)
(PRIVATE RESIDENCE--PLEASE RESPECT OCCUPANT'S PRIVACY)

   


   
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Google Map of Edith Hamilton's Cottage


The house has been stripped of historical elements. May 2012.

(Frances Purrington house, 1907). From 1915 to 1918, this was the home of Steinbeck's maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Hamilton, a major character in East of Eden. She died here in 1918. In 1936, Steinbeck and his brother-in-law built the small workroom attached to the main house.

The gold statue that formerly stood outside the structure has been removed by the new owner. It is fondly dubbed, The Colossus of Gold, and has inspired a long-running cartoon of the same name.

He will be rebuilt and placed elsewhere in the near future. 

Colossus of Gold: The Movie Part 1

See part one of a video of the statue's removal.
Produced by Robert Pacelli
Camera: Jeff Sax, Clemencia Macias, Robert Pacelli, Esther Trosow
Colossus Rescue Action Corps: Snick Farkas, Robert Pacelli, John Middleton, Jeff Sax,
Alan Cohen, Jim Becklenberg, Jesse Corsaut, Clemencia Macias, Esther Trosow
Statue by Richard Andolsen
Thanks to Barovelli for YouTube broadcast
     

Colossus of Gold: The Movie Part 2

See part two of a video of the statue's removal.
Produced by Robert Pacelli
Camera: Jeff Sax, Clemencia Macias, Robert Pacelli, Esther Trosow
Colossus Rescue Action Corps: Snick Farkas, Robert Pacelli, John Middleton, Jeff Sax,
Alan Cohen, Jim Becklenberg, Jesse Corsaut, Clemencia Macias, Esther Trosow
Statue by Richard Andolsen
Thanks to Barovelli for YouTube broadcast.
     
When Steinbeck was writing East of Eden, he "warmed up" each day by writing a letter to his publisher at Viking Press, Pascal Covici. These notes were jotted in the same ledger book where Steinbeck wrote the first draft of the novel. These letters have been published as Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters.

From Central Avenue, turn right on 3rd Street, go down to Ocean View Blvd., and turn right. Down a few blocks, on your left, is a group of large tile-roofed buildings. This is. . .

HOPKINS MARINE STATION