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Edgar Allen Poe's Old Cottage Gets Wacky Visitor Center

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A serious need for cash hasn't stopped the old Edgar Allen Poe house at 2640 Grand Concourse in the Bronx from going ahead with a $1 million renovation. That renovation includes a 2,700-square-foot visitors' center about 80 feet from the house. That's the rendering on the left above: the two buildings could have been separated at birth, right? Or, as Real Deal architecture critic James Gardner put it, "To say that [Japanese architect Toshiko] Mori was not interested in contextualism is putting the matter politely. This gray, angular structure looks like nothing so much as a diminutive homage to Diller Scofidio + Renfro's masterful revision of the Julliard School." That sound you hear is Poe's ghost whispering, "Nevermore."
· Bronx Poe Park Visitor Center looks foreign [The Real Deal]
· Rumblings at Williamsburg Garage; Poe's Cottage Needs Cash [Curbed]