Item No: pdcl00144
Title: Walnut Street Theatre, 827-833 Walnut Street
Additional Title: Walnut Street Theatre, 827-833 Walnut Street, circa 1865
Historic Street Address:
Walnut Street, 827-833
Print and Picture Collection
"The famed Walnut Street Theatre, oldest theater in continuous use in America, opened in 1809 as the New Circus, whose main attractions were equestrian and other circus acts. Through a series of structural changes it evolved into a playhouse for stage performances and became the Walnut Street Theatre for the first time in the 1820s. In the 1860s, when this photograph was made, little change in the original design of the facade could be detected. Walnut Street itself seemed to have undergone little change from its earlier residential character."--OPEP, p. 149.
Media type: Albumen print
The theater on a block with store fronts. Sign on the building: "Walnut St. Theatre." Men standing and sitting on the steps and sidewalk in front of building. Construction materials in front of the building on the right. Street lamps in front, streetcar tracks run along Walnut Street, and a horse and carriage on the street.
Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.
A917.481 P536 v.2
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler