The Bronx cottage where Edgar Allan Poe and his wife lived in the late 1840′s is getting its first full restoration, plus a visitors center.
The restoration’s slated to start next spring and last a year, during which time the cottage, at 2460 Grand Concourse, will be closed. Construction of the visitors center is already under way, according to The Washington Post. The restoration will cost $250,000, the visitors center $4.2 million.
Poe and his wife Virginia moved to the cottage in 1846 in hopes that being away from the city would help Virginia’s tuberculosis. She died there, however, in 1847, and Poe famously checked out two years later on a trip to Baltimore.
The visitors center, according to The Post, will be designed to evoke Poe’s "The Raven," with the roof done in an upraised V shape and the shingles on the outside walls gray.
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