Edgar Allan Poe called Boston ‘home’ more than 100 years ago. The house where he was born is no longer standing. Neither does the street, as both were demolished during an urban renewal project decades ago.
In 2009, on the 200th anniversary of the dark poet’s birthday, Boston renamed a small plaza across the street from the Southwest corner the “Common Edgar Allan Poe Square.” A street sign with his name was placed there as well. Today a bronze-based figure immortalizes Poe in a life-size statue designed to look as if he is rushing down Boylston Street at the intersection of Charles Street South. The tortured writer is flanked by bits of paper falling from his briefcase and a giant raven bursting from his bags.
Visit: 176 Boylston Street, Boston, MA; 617-448-7115; bostonpoe.org