Recent Work: The Academy of Music

Our most recent project at the Academy of Music was recently highlighted in the Philadelphia Inquirer. We have completed several renovation and restoration projects for the 160-year old building. This one focused on the restoration of the 60’ long parapet along Broad Street, including the iconic 1857 carved brownstone American Academy of Music date stone that is the crowning element of this elevation. The sign and parapet wall were damaged from years of exposure to the elements. The delaminating date stone was patched and consolidated, the parapet wall was repointed, and new copper flashing was installed, all in accordance with Philadelphia Historical Commission guidelines. Keast & Hood, Materials Conservation Co., Haverstick-Borthwick Builders, and Knapp Masonry provided their expertise and contributed to the overall success of the project.

The Academy of Music is Philadelphia’s oldest and most venerable concert hall. Designed by noted architect Napoleon LeBrun with Gustave Runge between 1855-57, the building is characterized by a highly decorated neo-Baroque interior, while the Renaissance Revival exterior is modeled after La Scala, Milan’s renowned opera hall. The building retains much of its original character and details.

Our firm’s previous work on the building includes renovation of the balcony level restrooms with new fixtures, lighting, wallcovering, and ceramic tile. The new finishes are in keeping with the mid-19th century aesthetic of the building. An earlier project involved the restoration of the north façade along Locust Street, which had not been repaired in almost 50 years. The scope of work included masonry cleaning, brownstone repair and sealing, wood repair and painting of the original French doors and windows, new glazing, bird control netting, and exterior lighting.