From 1926 till 1929, Dashiell Hammett lived at 891 Post Street, in Apartment 401. There he wrote his first three novels: Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, and The Maltese Falcon. Sam Spade’s apartment in The Maltese Falcon is modeled on Hammett’s, which was on the northwest corner of the fourth floor. Sans modern autos and parking meters and some distant highrises atop Cathedral Hill, this is what Hammett saw from the Hyde Street window of that very apartment.
"Hammett’s Desk – Window onto Post and Hyde" (2012)
"View from Hammett’s Window on a Rainy Day" (2012)
"Twilight View from Hammett’s Window" (2012)
See also Hammett’s Living Room and Murphy Bed and Crawford Apartments.