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Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

Stepping back in time at the Poe House

Stepping back in time at the Poe House

A red sign went up a few days ago on a reproduction gas street lamp, marking Edgar Allan Poe Square. The square is actually just off West Lexington Street at Amity Street in West Baltimore. Baltimore's Poe House stands there, at 203 N. Amity St. in the Poppleton neighborhood.

Tiny houses such as this one, in a location that will test a native-born Baltimorean's knowledge of streets and geography, are difficult to find. I applaud anyone who locates it successfully. You will be rewarded by an atmospheric Baltimore experience.

West Baltimore has suffered decades of depopulation. There are now entire vacant blocks where homes once stood. On a bright July day, the effect is...