BALTIMORE - The city of Baltimore has turned over control of the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum to a nearby railroad museum as part of a plan to make the attraction self-sufficient.
Over the next year, the B&O Railroad Museum will work with a newly established nonprofit on the plan to make it happen. After that, the nonprofit will take over operation.
The city had been spending $85,000 a year to keep the house open but cut off funding in 2010. The house is closed and is expected to reopen next year.
The city's spending panel approved the deal Wednesday and will pay the railroad museum $180,000. The new nonprofit envisions an annual budget between $200,000 and $300,000.
Poe lived in the tiny west Baltimore row house from 1832 to 1835.
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