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Site of Poe’s Death

 
 
Site of Poe's Death Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
1. Site of Poe's Death Marker
Inscription.  This structure, now the east building of Church Hospital, was erected in 1836, to house the Washington Medical College. Edgar Allan Poe, author, and poet, was brought here, ill and semi-conscious, on October 3, 1849 and died four days later. In 1857, the bulding was purchased by Church Home and Infirmary, which was renamed Church Home and Hospital in 1943.
 
Erected by Church Home and Hospital and Maryland Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicChurches & ReligionScience & Medicine. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1930.
 
Location. 39° 17.595′ N, 76° 35.652′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in Washington Hill. Marker is on North Broadway, 0.1 miles south of Fayette Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 North Broadway, Baltimore MD 21231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Church Home and Hospital (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Wildey Monument (a few steps from this marker); José Martí
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(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ferdinand Clairborne Latrobe (about 500 feet away); Dr. Charles W. Simmons (approx. 0.3 miles away); Notre Dame Convent (approx. 0.3 miles away); The General’s Highway (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Edgar Allan Poe image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
2. Edgar Allan Poe
This 1845 portrait of Edgar Allan Poe by Samuel Stillman Osgood hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Edgar Allan Poe is popularly known for his poem ‘The Raven’ (1844), and like the raven itself, Poe was a dark presence amid the optimism of early American culture. Not for him was the glorification of the individual or the celebration of nature as life-giving. Poe peeled back the underside of America to sketch a world in which nothing, especially human motivation, was transparent, predictable, or even knowable. In their dark, hallucinatory imagery, Poe's writings profoundly influenced such European poets as Baudelaire and Rimbaud. In America, his voice is still singular for the strength with which it spoke against the spirit of the Romantic age in which he lived. Poe's great subject was death, and he seemed to court it in his life as well as art, dying early after proving himself unable to function in the society he dissected so remorselessly.” — National Portrait Gallery
Poe's Grave image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
3. Poe's Grave
In the Old Westminster Burying Ground.

Edgar Allan Poe
Born
January 20, 1809
Died
October 7, 1849
Church Home and Hospital image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
4. Church Home and Hospital
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,704 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 10, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on September 10, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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