File name: 08_02_003056
Box label: Residences: P-Q
Title: Birthplace of Edgar Allan Poe, Carver St.
Date created: 1931-02 - 1932-02
Physical description: 1 photographic print : gelatin silver ; 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.
Genre: Gelatin silver prints
Subjects: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849; Houses; Birthplaces
Notes: Note accompanying item: The Boston birthplace of Edgar Allan Poe. The
house in which Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston is still standing on
Carver St., #62, not far from Boston Common, just below Stuart St. on
the left side going south. It is a plain, brick house, three stories
high with basement and attic, and the brass knocker on the door is
probably the same one that was there when Poe was born in the house,
Jan. 19, 1809. At that time, the name of that section of Carver St.
was Haskins St., as the property from that point to Washington St. was
owned by a man named Haskins. The house in which Poe was born was
built by Henry Haviland in 1801. Several families, including Poe's
parents, lived in the house in 1809. Early in 1924, the Boston
Authors' Club put a memorial tablet to Edgar Allan Poe on a building
at the corner of Fayette St. and Poe Sq., supposing that the house in
which Poe was born stood at or near that spot. That "spot"
is the same distance from the house in which Poe was born. The exact
facts regarding Poe's birthplace were dug out of the archives of the
city of Boston -- or rather the town of Boston -- by Walter K. Hawkins
of the Bostonian Society and published in the Boston Globe. He found
from the tax lists and from the Registry of Deeds that the Poes lived
at 62 Carver St. when Edgar Allan Poe was born.
Statement of responsibility:
Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department
Rights: Rights status not evaluated.