In 1951, Miller, already an accomplished playwright and financially comfortable due to the success of All My Sons and Death of a Salesman, sold his home on Grace Street to W.E.B. DuBois and moved his family to 155 Willow Street. The home, along with 156 and 157, was built before 1830 and is among the oldest in the area. The home, which is a New York Community Trust landmark, is considered a fine example of the Federal Style row houses of the early 1800s.
When the Millers moved to Willow Street, the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood was a curious mixture of the well-heeled and successful as well as a motley assortment of residents from the fringes of society. Among the more affluent Brooklyn Heights residents were a number of writers, including--a few years after the Millers moved in--Truman Capote, who lived on 70 Willow.
According to Miller, his marriage to Mary was already failing when the family moved to Willow Street. When Miller traveled to Hollywood to pitch a script to Elia Kazan in 1951, he met Marilyn Monroe. Miller struggled with his feelings Monroe for some time and tried to be a better husband; in the new home, he installed kitchen cabinets and floor tile. Eventually, however, Miller left Mary and moved to Manhattan with Monroe. The couple married in 1956 and spent most of their time in Miller's Roxbury, Connecticut home. The marriage was a turbulent one and the couple divorced six years later.