Never Say Nevermore: After Six Month Renovation, Poe House Reopens

BALTIMORE (WJZ)  — The home of Edgar Allan Poe shut its doors last year. But this weekend, visitors are getting a sneak peek of the refurbished national treasure.

As Gigi Barnett explains, the reopening of the house comes just as readers mark the anniversary of Poe’s death.

Two bedrooms, no bathrooms and a small kitchen. The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum on Amity Street in Baltimore needed some upgrades.

After a six-month, $80,000 renovation, the work is complete.

“This is the oldest house where we know for sure that he lived, that he wrote,” said Kristen Harbeson, Poe Baltimore president.

Kristen Harbeson is the president of Poe Baltimore–the nonprofit group that operates and restored the house. She says the upgrades to the home highlight the writer’s life in Baltimore.

“It’s not just about Edgar Allan Poe in this house, it’s about Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore. It’s about his broader legacy. And that’s the mission of Poe Baltimore,” she explained.

Poe lived in the house between 1833 and 1835. It’s owned by the city now and is almost 200 years old.

Getting a sneak peek inside during the month that Poe died was a must for longtime fans like Julie and Bob Neelbauer.

“I think it’s more about the mood. We’re going to see if they’ve captured the mood of the time period,” said Julie Neelbauer.

The Poe House will be opened from noon to 4 p.m. every weekend. Admission is free, thanks to Free Fall Baltimore.

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