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Orchestra Hall

 
 
Orchestra Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 5, 2021
1. Orchestra Hall Marker
Inscription.  This concert hall was built in 1919 as the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. It was constructed to satisfy the demand of its music director, the internationally esteemed Ossip Gabrilowitsch, that a suitable hall be built. Architect Charles Howard Crane designed this brick and limestone structure, which was completed in five months. The symphony moved to a larger facility in 1939. Two years later this hall became the Paradise Theatre, featuring jazz and vaudeville until 1951. Scheduled for demolition in 1970 the building was acquired by Save Orchestra Hall, Inc. These concerned citizens restored the badly deteriorated Orchestra Hall which now continues its tradition of acoustical excellence and quality music in Detroit.
 
Erected 1979 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number S0323.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1919.
 
Location. 42° 20.907′ N, 83° 3.546′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker
Orchestra Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 5, 2021
2. Orchestra Hall Marker
Taken from Parsons Street
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is at the intersection of Parsons Street and Parsons Street, on the left when traveling east on Parsons Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit MI 48201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Detroit Medical College (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Detroit Urban League (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Academy of Pediatrics (approx. ¼ mile away); Recreation Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Alpha House (approx. ¼ mile away); David Whitney, Jr. Residence (approx. 0.3 miles away); Friendship Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); West Canfield Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
Also see . . .  Orchestra Hall. Excerpt:
Imagine your performance or presentation in the superb acoustics of Orchestra Hall, where the world's greatest musicians from Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin have graced the stage.
(Submitted on May 5, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. National Register of Historic Places
The hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
    — Submitted May 5, 2021.
 
Orchestra Hall image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 5, 2021
3. Orchestra Hall
Front of hall taken from Woodward Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 5, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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