Craven Street, Charing Cross, London
Benjamin Franklin's house at 36 Craven Street retains a number of its original 18th century features including original floorboards, original ceilings, and original staircases with relatively few later alterations. Benjamin Franklin lived and worked here for sixteen years having moved in when the house was only 30 years old.
It was a door knocker in Craven Street, although not this one, that purportedly inspired Charles Dickens to feature it in his 'Christmas Carol' as the ghostly face of his dead partner Jacob Marley.
Herman Melville, the American author of Moby Dick, lived here in 1849 as the blue plaque on the wall testifies. Melville wasn't particularly popular during his lifetime but his popularity increased after his death.
The house is not open to the public.
These Georgian houses in Craven Street are a different style from the houses at the other end of the street.