Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 27

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 27

Item Info

Item No: pdcc01814
Title: Castner Scrapbook v.2, Theatres, page 27
Historic Street Address: 9th & Walnut Streets
Historic Street Address: Walnut Street, 827-833
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Item pdcc00112, top [image dimensions 18.3 cm x 23.0 cm]:

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Item pdcl00144, bottom right [image dimensions 9.9 cm x 7.8 cm]:

"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.

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.

Media type: Albumen print


Item pdcl00144: Reprinted in: Old Philadelphia in early photographs, 1839-1914/edited by Robert F. Looney. New York: Dover Publications, c1976.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.154701
Geocode Latitude:39.948036

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.2
Creator Name: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler
London Printing and Publishing Company - Engraver