Donate an engraved paver for the new park walkway across the street from Poe House and you can be part of Poe’s legacy in Baltimore! Now through April, supporters can donate engraved pavers, with 100% proceeds to benefit Poe Baltimore and The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum. Great for #GivingTuesday, end-of-year giving, and a special gift for Poe lovers everywhere!
A Park Across From Poe House
Poe House is an important part of Edgar Allan Poe’s history, but the house itself has an interesting tale to tell. (Edgar Allan Poe’s Baltimore is an excellent read for more on the subject of Poe’s life in this house.) It has been saved from demolition and/or closure twice, and Baltimore City has grown up around us. 203 N. Amity Street has been a museum and attraction in West Baltimore since 1950 and the Poppleton neighborhood has undergone great change in that time. A new page has turned in this remarkable story: Center \ West, a new retail and residential development, broke ground directly across the street from Poe House last spring, and is slated to open in Summer of 2018. In addition to parking and beautification at N. Amity Street, La Cité LLC, the development company behind Center \ West, has dedicated land for a new pocket park, complete with greenspace and walkways, just across the street from Poe House.
Previous guests can imagine just how transformative a change this will be for 203 N. Amity Street. This hidden gem, only 620 square feet, has attracted over 12,500 visitors in 2017, and this number will grow higher before year’s end. Over the coming year, improved access and visibility for Poe House is likely to grow our attendance exponentially. Greater numbers will mean greater demand on the old bones of Poe House. You can help us preserve and protect this treasure, and to expand our programming for new guests.
A Walkway at the Heart of the New “Poe Park”
You can be part of this new chapter in Poe House history—literally. La Cité is donating space for engraved pavers in the main walkway in the heart of the new pocket park directly across from Poe House.
Through April, supporters can choose to donate personalized, engraved pavers for the park walkway, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Poe Baltimore and the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum. Options include 4×8 (3 engraved lines) or 8×8 (6 engraved lines), with an option to include a certificate and/or a copy of the paver to keep at home! Click here to visit the Poe House shop to make your selection!
How To Reserve Your Personalized, Engraved Paver
Take advantage of a deductible end-of-year giving opportunity or gift a fellow Poe lover with a personalized, engraved paver to make them a part of Poe House forever (without the dastardly bricking them up alive bit!) Donors can choose to include a certificate as well as their own commemorative copy of the paver to keep at home. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Poe Baltimore, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to help keep The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum open to the public, as well as expand Poe Baltimore programming throughout the city.
You can reserve your paver by visiting the donation section of the Poe House store. Select either the 4″x 8″ or 8″x8″ stone paver option. Each paver includes the opportunity to create your own individual, engraved message and the pavers are slated to be installed in the walkway at the heart of the new Poe Park in Summer of 2018. There are also options to receive a special certificate of giving to commemorate your donation, and/or your own copy of the stone paver to keep at home. Whatever you choose, with this donation you become a permanent part of Poe’s legacy in Baltimore.
In a tiny brick house on Baltimore’s North Amity Street in 1833-1835 Edgar Allan Poe wrote some of the early stories that would make him the father of the modern short story, and create and define the modern genres of mystery, horror and science fiction. Poe Baltimore was created to fund, maintain and interpret The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, and to celebrate the legacy of one of Baltimore’s most famous residents. We are dedicated to maintaining the museum as a vibrant experience for the thousands of visitors who come from around the world each year, and as part of a broader mission of city-wide events and educational opportunities.