Baltimore's beleaguered Edgar Allan Poe House will be shutting its doors Friday, with plans to reopen in 2013 under the auspices of a nonprofit group hoping to increase attendance and make the city landmark self-sufficient.
The house, which normally closes for the winter in December, could reopen as early as next spring, said Thomas Stosur, director of the city's Department of Planning. Plans for the site are still being formulated by the nonprofit Poe Baltimore, which will oversee the house and work to increase its visibility and viability. Stosur said a detailed plan for the house and its operation would be presented to the city's Board of Estimates on Oct. 3.
"This is part of the planned transition for having the Poe House move to operating under a nonprofit entity," Stosur said. "We're at the stage where we're officially signing-off on this being a [city]-run property."
Baltimore officials announced two years ago that they were no longer interested in operating the Poe House and removed the site's $85,000 annual operating costs from the city budget. In April, a consultant hired by the city recommended that Poe Baltimore be established to run the house. The consultant also recommended that the house be operated in partnership with the nearby B&O Railroad Museum.