Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 5

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 5

Item Info

Item No: pdcc01792
Title: Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 5
Historic Street Address: Chestnut Street
Historic Street Address: Sixth & Chestnut Streets
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Item pdcc00074, top [image dimensions 19.0 cm x 20.5 cm]:

Two years after the First Chestnut Street Theatre was burnt down in 1820, the new building rose from its ashes.  Very different in style from its predecessor, the Second Chestnut Street Theatre's facade was made of Italian style marble with an arcade supported by a row of composite columns with a plain entablature. The entrance stood between two wings that held niches containing statues of Tragedy and Comedy sculpted by William Rush. Below the statues were semi-circular recesses containing basso relievos of tragic and comic muses. The Chestnut Street Theatre was once again consumed in a fire in 1856.

Building demolished: YES 1856


Item pdcc00075, bottom [image dimensions 8.3 cm x 11.3 cm]:

The engraving shows a view of Chestnut Street from the S. E. corner of Sixth Street. The Second Chestnut Street Theatre can be seen in the center of the image sandwiched between the Arcade and the Shakespeare Buildings.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.150969
Geocode Latitude:39.949227

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.2
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
Rush, William, 1756-1833
Gilbert, George, active 1818-1836 - Engraver