Photo of the day: The original BAM



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Brooklyn Academy of Music, Montague Street, ca.1895, v1972.1.781

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Montague Street, ca.1895, v1972.1.781 Photograph courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society

Every Thursday, the Brooklyn Historical Society e-mails a photo drawn from its archives to its eNews subscribers. Today's newsletter reads: "The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) was originally located at 176-194 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, as seen in this 19th-century photograph. The building, originally intended to be the home for the Philharmonic Society of Brooklyn, was designed by Leopold Eidlitz and contained a 2,200-seat theater as well as a smaller concert hall. Its opening performance was held on January 16, 1861, and the hall hosted a variety of notable performers. On November 30, 1903, the Montague Street building seen in this photograph was destroyed in a fire. In 1906 BAM relocated to its present-day location at 30 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene." More photos can be viewed on the BHS blog.

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