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Academy Of Music

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County of Philadelphia.
Broad and Locust Streets
National Register Number: 66000674
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Recreation & Culture - music facility. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: PA-2 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Auditorium.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 29, 1962):
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.

$1.5 million in preservation and restoration has been completed including the installation of fire alarms, smoke alarms, dressing room upgrades, elevator refurbishment, new rigging and improved lighting.

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