Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 18

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 18

Item Info

Item No: pdcc01805
Title: Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 18
Historic Street Address: 518-20 Race Street
Historic Street Address: Broad & Locust Streets
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Item pdcc00101, top left [image dimensions 17.7 cm x 10.0 cm]:

The National Guard's Hall, 518-20 Race Street, played an important role in Philadelphia during the Civil War. Also called the Armory of the National Guard, the building was the starting and ending point of troop enlistment and dismissal and a venue for military parades and speeches. It also served for a time as a military hospital.

Building demolished: YES


Item pdcc00102, top right [image dimensions 8.9 cm x 9.2 cm]:

Colonel Jack Haverly (1838 - 1901) successfully managed the United Mastadon Minstrels, an enormous troup, which he toured across the country between 1878 and 1884.  In some cities such as New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia he toured to theatres he owned.

This extraordinary building opened in 1876 as Kiralfy's Alhambra Palace, later becoming the Broad Street Theatre.

Building demolished: YES 1937


Item pdcc00103, middle [image dimensions 7.5 cm x 9.0 cm]:

Halftone reproduction.

The Broad Street Theatre was built in 1876 at Broad & Locust Streets. An ornate building designed in the Moorish style with two domes, it began life as Kiralfy's Alhambra Palace. It went through various renovations before being demolished.

Building demolished: YES 1937


Item pdcc00104, bottom [image dimensions 11.4 cm x 15.0 cm]:

Groups of well-dressed people stand outside the front of the theatre;  a carriage pulled by two horses speeds down the street; a young boy holding flyers runs towards a group of people; three flags fly from the rooftop.

This extraordinary building was opened in 1876 as Kiralfy's Alhambra Palace. The Kiralfy brothers were successful entertainers and impresarios who toured the country with their theatrical extravaganzas often to their own theaters. Inspired by the Moorish style of architecture this palatial building featured two large domes, and its ornate interior was painted in brilliant colors reminiscent of its namesake in Spain. The general public could enjoy a beer garden and an open-air restaurant. The theatre underwent many architectural modifications during its long history, becoming known as the Broad Street Theatre.

Building demolished: YES 1937

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.164583
Geocode Latitude:39.948226

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.2
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
Haverly, Jack, 1837-1901