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Edgar Allan Poe House

 
 
Edgar Allan Poe House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
1. Edgar Allan Poe House Marker
Inscription. “The little house in the lowly street with the lovely name.” This was how Edgar Allan Poe described 203 Amity Street, where he lived from 1832 to 1835 with his grandmother, aunt, and cousin Virginia, whom he married in 1836.

While living here, the famous American writer first gained public recoginition. In 1833, Poe won a literacy contest sponsored by the Baltimore Saturday Visitor, one of the seventy magazines that burst upon, the local scene in the early 19th century. The three judges, who included J. H. B. Latrobe, unanimously awarded the $50 prize to Poe for “MS in a Bottle.” “Distinguished by a vigorous and poetical imagination,” declared the judges, “a rich style, a fertile invention and varied and curious learning.”

Poe became famous for his lyric poetry, discerning criticism, detective stories and hair raising “tales of the grotesque and ababesque,” but his personal life was clouded by difficulties with alcohol, intermittent poverty and tragedy. Poe died in Baltimore under mysterious circumstances on October 7, 1849, having been found four days earlier in an unconscious state on Lombard Street. He is buried in Western Burying Grounds at Westminster Church.
 
Erected by the City of Baltimore, Jeff Jerome, sponsor,
Edgar Allan Poe house image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 6, 2008
2. Edgar Allan Poe house
William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 17.487′ N, 76° 37.99′ W. Marker was in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker was on Amity Street 0.1 miles north of Fayatte Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 203 Amity St., Baltimore MD 21223, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Edgar Allan Poe House ( a few steps from this marker); The Western District Station House ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Irish Railroad Workers Shrine ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Perkins Square Gazebo ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Brig. General Lewis A. Armistead ( approx. 0.4 miles away); National Independence in the Revolution and War of 1812 ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Baltimore & Ohio Railroad ( approx. 0.4 miles away); The Chessie's Famous "Big Mike" ( approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
More about this marker. This marker has been replaced with a newer marker with the same name.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicCemeteries & Burial SitesEducationNotable Persons
 
Poe House image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
3. Poe House
Edgar Allan Poe's Grave in Westminster Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
4. Edgar Allan Poe's Grave in Westminster Cemetery
Each year someone enters the cemetery on Poe's birthday and leaves a red rose and half empty bottle of cognac.
Poe house and adjoining buildings image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 6, 2008
5. Poe house and adjoining buildings
National Historic Landmark Marker on Building image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 9, 2007
6. National Historic Landmark Marker on Building
View of the Poe House, as seen from across the street image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 6, 2008
7. View of the Poe House, as seen from across the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,524 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on September 14, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on September 9, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on April 9, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   5. submitted on April 9, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   6. submitted on September 9, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   7. submitted on April 9, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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