Langston Hughes' Cleveland Home Condemned

The fate of the home of one of America's greatest poets hangs in the balance.

A young Langston Hughes.

The Cleveland home where lauded poet Langston Hughes lived during high school has been condemned. The vacant 120-year-old house, which was nominated for landmark designation in March and slated for renovation, was condemned because of problems with plumbing; the furnace, which was ripped out; and electrical wires. The Cleveland Landmarks Commission did not rush the application for landmark designation because it did not know the home was facing condemnation. Representatives now say they will rush the application. Sounds like a pretty good idea to us.



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