Text: Mary E. Phillips, “Poe Plan of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” Edgar Allan Poe: The Man (1926), inside front cover of vol. II


Poe Plan of Philadelphia

Poe Plan of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


This “Poe Plan of Philadelphia, PA” appears on the inner front cover of volume 2, where it is printed in dark blue ink (to match the color of the outer covers). Because this electronic reproduction is necessarily somewhat smaller, the list of places identified has been repeated below (with a few of her abbreviations expanded). A grid has also been added, with letters on the top and number to the right, to supplement Miss Phillips’ scheme of identifying locations by number. Imaginary vertical grid lines run directly through the middle of the space between the letters, and horizontal ones run directly through the middle of the space between numbers. In some cases, locations fall very close to these imaginary boundards, and grid assignments are thus necessarily imprecise. The following list is taken from the block in the lower left corner:

1. Theatre, 1709: N. side Chestnut, near corner of 6th St.

2. Old Southwark Theatre: S. side South St., W. of 4th St.

3. Carey & Lea, Publishers, 1829: S. E. corner 4th & Chestnut Sts.

4. James Pedder’s 1838 home: 12th St., N. of Mulberry St. (Arch St.).

5. Poe’s early Philadelphia home: corner 16th & Locust Sts.

6. Haswell, Barrington & Haswell: 729 Market St., N. side, between 7th & 8th Sts,

7. Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine office, E. side of Dock & Moravian Sts, near Walnut.

8. Wm. E. Burton’s home: 158 N. 9th St., near S. W. corner of Vine.

9. Henry B. Hirst’s home: 6th S. W. corner of Chestnut.

10. Dr. Thos. Dunn English’s home: 6th St., W. side, near S. W. Corner of Chestnut.

11. Saturday Evening Post office: Franklin Court, S. of Market, between 3rd & Chestnut Sts.

12. Graham’s Magazine office: Ledger Building, S. W. corner 3rd & Chestnut Sts

13. Dollar Magazine office: Ledger Building, S. W. corner 3rd & Chestnut Sts

14. George. R. Graham’s home: N. side of Buttonwood & Franklin, between 7th & 8th Sts.

15. G. R. Graham’s later home: N. side of Arch St., between 5th and 6th Sts.

16. United States Hotel: N. side of Chestnut St., between 4th & 5th Sts.

17. Old City Hall: S. W. Corner of 5th & Chestnut Sts.

18. Poe’s home: 2502 Fairmount Ave. (Francis, or Coates St.) & 25th St.

19. Fairmount Water Works: S. W. corner of Green & 20th Sts.

20. Lemon Hill, old Pratt home: N. W. of corner of 25th St. & Fairmount Ave.

21. Thos. Cottrell Clarke’s home: 206 S.12th St., W. side, between Walnut & Locust Sts.

22. Dr. John K. Mitchell’s home: 228 S. Walnut St., S. W. corner of 11th St.

23. 1842, Philadelphia Custom House: 2nd St., W, side, N. of Spruce St.

24. Merchant’s Exchange: N. E. corner 3rd & Walnut Sts.

25. Poe’s Spring Garden home: 234 N. St., W. side, N. of Spring Garden St.

26. Carey & Hart: S. E. corner 4th & Chestnut Sts.

27. Home of John Sartain: 728 Sansom St., S. side, between 7th & 8th Sts.

28. William H. Graham, 98 Chestnut St., side, W. of 3rd St.

29. G. B. Zieber: S. W. corner 3rd & Chestnut Sts.

30. Godey’s Lady’s Book office: 101 Chestnut St., N. side, between 3rd & 4th Sts.

31. Philadelphia Saturday Museum office: 101 Chestnut St., N. side, between 3rd & 4th Sts.

32. Home of Dr. R. W. Griswold: 16th St., between Spruce & Locusts Sts.

33. Philadelphia Spirit of the Times office: N. W. corner 3rd & Chestnut Sts.

34. Home of Geo. Lippard: 195 N. 6th St., E. side, W. of Vine St.

35. Home of Rev. Charles Chauncey Burr: 7th St., S. of Poplar St.

36. Home of James P. Moss: 70 S. 4th St., W. side of Chestnut St.

37. University of Penn.: 9th St., W. side, S. of Market St.

Philadelphia Poe points verified by Joseph F. A. Jackson, Esq., Philadelphia, Penn.




Many of these locations have changed greatly, even since 1926.

In the books, the various Poe Plans are used as flyleaves, so that the middle is folded against the hinge of the cover. To make the scan of the present image, it was necessary to sacrifice the binding of a copy of the set so that the map could be flattened.


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