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Demolition of Poe House Halted

August 1, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ A judge has halted the demolition of a row of historic Greenwich Village houses, including one where Edgar Allan Poe lived for a few months in 1845.

Justice Robert Lippmann of Manhattan State Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order on Monday barring New York University from tearing down the buildings until a hearing Aug. 8.

NYU, which dominates the area near Washington Square park, uses the Poe building for law school offices and student work space, but wants to tear it down to expand the law school.

At Monday’s hearing, Larry Goldberg, a lawyer for preservationists opposed to the demolition, said, ``NYU is just tearing down Village landmarks without any understanding of the way they are changing the community.″

NYU spokesman John Beckman said, ``The connection between the structure now at the site and Edgar Allen Poe is as flimsy as tissue paper.″

He said the house has been renovated twice since Poe lived there.