Academy of Music

Also known as: American Academy of Music
Broad and Locust Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Photos 

American Academy of Music

1. Cortlandt V.D. Hubbard, Photographer May 1957 BROAD STREET FACADE, TAKEN FROM SOUTH

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Street View 

Description 

Opened in 1857, this is the country's oldest musical auditorium retaining its original form and serving its original purpose. Architect Napoleon Le Brun was influenced by European opera houses, and designed an auditorium famed for its acoustical properties and fine sight lines. Since the turn of the 20th century, the "Grand Old Lady of Broad Street" has been the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 29, 1962

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000674
Architectural style
Victorian: Renaissance
Areas of significance
Architecture; Performing Arts
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Theater
Current function
Theater
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant years
1855; 1857

Update Log 

  • December 27, 2011: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger

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