An Amusement Place of Old Philadelphia

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
An Amusement Place of Old Philadelphia

Item Info

Item No: pdcc00124
Title: An Amusement Place of Old Philadelphia
Historic Street Address: Broad & Locust Streets
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Halftone reproduction of a painting by Frank H. Taylor.

This curious building was once a feature of South Broad Street standing at the corner of Locust Street. It was built by a firm of theatrical producers for the exhibition of a cyclorama called "Paris By Night", in the Centennial year of 1876. The circular building had a diameter of 129 feet.  Made from corrugated iron, the outside measured 405 feet in circumference and stood 75 feet high. Inside was a large circular panoramic painting of the city of Paris, France, which when viewed from a raised central platform provided a convincing perspective image of the city. Higher up, the sky complete with stars, was painted on an extended canvas, adding to the illusion.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.164576
Geocode Latitude:39.948223

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.2
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
Taylor, Frank H. (Frank Hamilton), 1846-1927 - Artist