James Thurber

Mencken House: A home, and legacy, to treasure

Despite what you may have heard, the "house museum" is not dead in Baltimore City.

The H.L. Mencken House (officially closed since 1997 by the bankruptcy of the City Life Museums) has had more than 100 visitors during two recent weekends. The Johns Hopkins University's Odyssey program arranged three tours of the house led by Marion Rodgers, the Mencken scholar and biographer. There was such pent-up demand to see the "empty" house that an additional tour was added, with another waiting list group that was unable to be accommodated. These tourists were from Baltimore, the Maryland suburbs, Norway and the Netherlands. This month, more than 50 people attended a...