Memorial Hall

  • Address: 4231 Avenue of the Republic
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

From the works thus selected, and on exhibition, the best works of each country of the Old World have been taken, and placed in the main gallery of Memorial Hall, opposite to and in close comparison with the best works of the most eminent artists of the United States, thus forming a most interesting exhibition.Fair Grounds Official Guidebook

Memorial Hall in Philedelphia's East Fairmont park was originally built to be the art exhibition gallery of 1876 Centennial Exposition. After the exhibition, it became the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Arts, and displayed art works from the Centennial. In the 1920's the art was transferred to the Pennsylvania Museum of Art (now the Philadelphia Museum of Art) or sold. In October 2008, Memorial Hall was restored and opened as the new home of the Please Touch Museum. - AsNotedIn

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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1875/00/00 Herman Schwartzmann Architect Memorial Hall is built to be the art pavilion of Centennial Exposition, 1875-1876. Centennial Exposition
1875/09/00 John Sartain Work The Centennial Commission appoints John Sartain as Chief of the Bureau of Arts. As "Superintendent of the Fine Arts Department ... including allotment of space to exhibitors". Centennial Exposition
1876/03/06 John Sartain Work The limited space of Memorial Hall requires Sartain to adjust the size of galleries. "The building of Babel is the only thing I can compare this to with the jealousies of foreign nationalities and impossibility of satisfying conflicting interests." JS
1876/05/10 Theodore Thomas Musical Director Opening ceremonies for the Centennial International Exhibition Centennial Exposition
1876/05/10 Ulysses S Grant Presider Opening ceremonies for the Centennial International Exhibition Centennial Exposition
1876/07/00 Emily Sartain Engraver Emily Sartain is awarded a gold medal at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition for her engraving of "The Reproof".
1876/07/00 William C Sharpless Exhibitor Sharpless and Watts win a Medal for Progress at Philadelphia Centennial. Centennial Exposition
1876/07/00 William Merritt Chase Painter "Keying Up - The Court Jester" wins a medal at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Keying Up - The Court Jester Centennial Exposition
1876/07/00 Frederic Auguste Bartholdi Sculptor Bartholdi exhibits the bronze statues of "The Young Vine-Grower", "Genie Funebre", "Peace" and "Genius in the Grasp of Misery" and receives a bronze medal. Centennial Exposition

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Particulars for Memorial Hall:
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Art
Sight Category Building
Museum Type Museum
Level of Significance National
Architectural Style Romanesque Revival

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 76001665
Resource Type:
Owner: Local
Architect: Schwartzmann,Herman
Architectural Style: Romanesque
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Art
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1875-1899
Significant Year: 1876
Historic Function: Recreation and Culture
Historic Sub-Function: Museum
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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