From 1945 through 1946, Tennessee Williams and his partner, Amado “Pancho” Rodriguez y Gonzales (seen here), lived together in an apartment at 632 ½ St. Peter Street, near the corner of Royal Street. The Desire streetcar route ran regularly down Royal and could be seen from the window of their apartment, providing the inspiration for one of Tennessee’s most well-known plays, “A Streetcar Named Desire”. A sign box from the now-defunct line is on display in THNOC’s Louisiana History Galleries.