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Baltimore Turns Over Control Of Poe House

BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore has turned over control of the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum to a nearby railroad museum.

Over the next year, the B&O Railroad Museum will work with a newly established nonprofit to craft a plan to make the Poe House self-sufficient. After that, the nonprofit will take over operation. The city’s spending panel approved the deal Wednesday and will pay the railroad museum $180,000.

Poe lived in the tiny West Baltimore rowhouse from 1832 to 1835, before he found fame as a writer. The city had been spending $85,000 a year to keep it open but cut off funding in 2010. The new nonprofit envisions an annual budget between $200,000 and $300,000.

The house is closed and is expected to reopen next year.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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