Quirky Attraction: Edgar Allan Poe Mural

edgar allan poe mural philadelphia

Edgar Allan Poe Mural
Location: Philadelphia (N. 7th & Spring Garden)
When to visit: Daylight hours
Cost: Free
Time needed to enjoy: 5-10 minutes
Website: www.nps.gov/edal/index.htm

Edgar Allan Poe, whom you surely know from such works as “Your High School English Class,” was perhaps America’s first tortured artist. He was kind of a miserable S.O.B. but left behind a vast collection of influential poetry.

Poe lived for several years in Philly, and one of his houses has been preserved as the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. Now, I sadly did not have an opportunity to tour the house itself, so I cannot review that particular attraction, but I’ve heard they give great tours. And admission is free, though I believe the tour costs a few bucks.

What I did have a chance to see was the huge Poe mural on the corner. It’s located near a housing project and is most definitely “off the beaten path,” in case that sort of thing bothers you. It’s not everyday you see a giant mural of a weird-looking dude with a silly moustache on an inner city wall.

Oh, and the house has a raven outside, in honor of his poem “The Raven.” Poe fans will want to check this place out!

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

9 comments on “Quirky Attraction: Edgar Allan Poe Mural

  1. I visited this place two years ago. The house is almost empty,and this gives an atmosphere to the place that other museums lack. I loved every minute of it. I had my picture taken by the mural,and I don’t find Poe’s expression miserable at all. It captures his genius perfectly.

  2. Poe’s expression is not miserable at all, though it might be described a rather “pinched.” It’s a little dour, much like an expression you might find on the face of one of the Founding Fathers. We like the lean string bean of a rammy lad reaching up with his arms to touch–or massage–the lower part of Poe’s chin.

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