Wednesday, June 09, 2004

The Empty House Tour  

The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia ("the Poe House") is one of the most interesting museums in the country because there's nothing in it -- it's completely empty! Hence, it's a space that requires you to engage and use your imagination.

For the next two weekends, I will be conducting a tour of the house called "The Empty House Tour." (The title is from a Sherlock Holmes story influenced by Poe.) The tour is a part of the Institute of Contemporary Art's summer show called: The Big Nothing.

The tour focuses upon the empty space of the house, Poe, and the former owner of the house Colonel Richard Gimbel(foremost collectors of Poe manuscripts and artifacts and heir to the Gimbel Dept. Store family).

Poe wrote many of his most famous stories here, including "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," and "The Black Cat."

A special thanks to Emily Missner who assisted in the research for the tour and especially information about Colonel Richard Gimbel.

The dates and times for the tour are: June 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th at 2:00 pm each day.

The tours are free, but please RSVP to reserve a spot at (215) 597-8780.


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