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Behind-the-History At The Academy of Music

Posted by:  Kimmel Center on October 24, 2016

Behind-the-history at the Academy of Music:

162 years ago this October, Philadelphian Napolean LeBrun and German-turned-Philadelphian Gustavus Runge submitted design plans for the Academy of Music, also known as “The Grand Old Lady of Locust Street”. 

A lot has changed over the years, from electricity installations to restored décor. Visiting politicians and royals have graced our proscenium and balcony boxes, including Ulysses S. Grant, nominated for the presidency from the “Royal Box” in 1872. 

But one thing has remained the same. The Academy is still home to some of the most magnificent cultural happenings in Philadelphia.

Stay tuned for our ongoing “behind-the-history” posts about the Academy!

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