Edgar Allen Poe cottage wins preservation award

Edgar Allen Poe cottage, located at 2640 Grand Concourse, is one of the recipients of the 22.d Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards.
Photo courtesy of the Bronx County Historical Society

The Edgar Allen Poe Cottage located at 2640 Grand Concourse has been named one of the recipients of the 22nd Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards.

The cottage underwent extensive renovations in 2011, for which the award was given.

“The award was for the actual renovations done to the house,” deputy director of the New York Historic House Trust, Meredith Sorin said. “The award was actually given in 2011, but they let us know in 2012.”

According to Sorin, the entire cottage was restored.

“The house is on the small side,” she said. “So pretty much everything was redone. The plaster was removed and replaced, and there was wood restoration done throughout the whole house. The house has quite a few visitors in and out, so it really just needed a lot of work.”

According to Sorin, the historic house has been moved twice, once in 1895 and again in 1913, and does not currently sit at its original location.

“In order for the house to be saved, it had to be moved,” Sorin said. “The restoration was an exciting period because the community as well as the council members were very supportive. It was a really exciting time to give the house a sort of face lift, and it looks fantastic.”

Poe Cottage is one of a dozen city buildings cited this year.

Two other recipients of the 22nd Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards are the hyper-modern Eero Saarinen TWA terminal at Kennedy Airport and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

“The awards are a celebration of outstanding restoration projects throughout the city as well as some extraordinary individuals,” president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, Peg Breen said.

The award ceremony will be hosted by the New York Landmarks Conservancy in collaboration with the New York Historical Society on April 25.

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