"Academy of Music & the Music Walk of Fame" Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path Tip by Ewingjr98

Philadelphia Off The Beaten Path: 138 reviews and 171 photos

The American Academy of Music building on Broad Street just south of Philadelphia City Hall is known as the oldest Opera House in America still used as a music hall. This "Grand Old Lady of Broad Street" was built in 1855 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1962. President Franklin Pierce attended the groundbreaking ceremonies and the building later hosted the 1872 Republican National Convention.

The beautiful interior is designed in a horseshoe shape with three balconies supported by 14 huge columns. The centerpiece of the interior is the huge, 50-foot wide, 5000-pound chandelier that was just refurbished in France.

Outside of the Academy of Music is the Walk of Fame celebrating musicians who have links to Philadelphia.

othercontact: Broad and Locust Streets
Phone: (215) 893-1999
Website: http://www.academyofmusic.org/home.php

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  • Written Jun 1, 2009
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