BNHA Edgar Allan Poe House


Authentic Baltimore

Baltimore City Landmark

National Historic Landmark

National Register of Historic Places

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Shaping a Monumental City: The City’s Growth in the 20th Century

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203 N Amity St

Baltimore, Maryland 21223

The house at 203 Amity Street is noteworthy for its association with Baltimore’s most internationally famous author and poet, Edgar Allan Poe. Although Poe lived here with his cousins, the Clemms, only three years from 1832 to 1835, the entire course of his career was altered as he turned his attention from writing poetry to prose. The house is a simple, brick working-class dwelling, originally one half of a double house. It was built around 1825. When Baltimore’s Housing Authority began its first slum clearance project in 1938, the Poe House was spared and was restored and maintained by the city’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. The Poe House, designated as a both a local and National Historic Landmark, is now managed by Poe Baltimore, a non-profit organization created to fund, maintain and interpret the Edgar Allan Poe House and celebrate the legacy of one of Baltimore’s most famous residents. 

Site summary courtesy of the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation