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The Marian Anderson Residence Museum: A Philadelphia and National Treasure
The Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum is the Epi-Center for the Life and Legacy of Marian Anderson. The understated exterior of the 19th century, 2-story Marian Anderson House at 762 South Martin Street (Marian Anderson Way- in-between 19th &20th & Fitzwater Street in Center City West Rittenhouse Square District ) bears a plaque from the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The house was declared an historic property in 2004, roughly eleven years after the death of the owner of the house, who also
happened to be America 's greatest contralto singer of the 20th century. The Marian Anderson Residence Museum has been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. A canvas awning bearing the initials MA covers the front door area - the only awning on this staid street that experienced a major real estate boom shortly after the house became the Marian Anderson Historical Society, Inc Ms. Anderson bought the house in 1924, transforming the small basement into an entertainment center. The area included a portable bar stocked with champagne and water (Anderson’s favorite drinks), a
few pieces of furniture and a piano. Here she would entertain friends and fellow musicians while resting up from world tours. Blacks during this time could not go out socially, so homeowners would enhance their basements to entertain friends. Ms. Anderson’s modest home contains rare photos, books, memorabilia and films about her life, and also supports an artists-in-residence program developed by the Marian Anderson Historical Society to encourage and mentor outstanding classical artists. The home is run and maintained by The Marian Anderson Historical Society. The Marian Anderson Historical Society is a group dedicated to promoting the late classical Singer, who was considered one of the most important opera performers of the 20th century. The organization was founded by Blanche Burton-Lyles and has existed for the past 13 years. The society itself consists of The Marian Anderson Residence Museum. where Anderson lived for much of her life, and The Marian Anderson Birthplace. Beyond that, the area around these sites has been named the Marian Anderson Heritage Village, which proudly boasts flags around the neighborhood. In addition to the birthplace and residence houses, the village contains Marian Anderson’s church, elementary school and a recreational center dedicated to her. The society is working on creating the Marian Anderson Educational Pavilion, which it says is “...designed to educate and produce and audio/visual interactive tour of the Marian Anderson Heritage Village.” Aside from merely promoting Anderson through displaying imagery from her life, the society seeks to spread Anderson’s music throughout the world. The scholars program frequently supports young classical and opera singers from around the world. These artists perform regularly at events that the society sponsors, and many have gone on to more prominent positions.
We are pleased to announce that in addition to RSVP'ing and calling our offices or visiting us on our website you can now also Purchase Exclusive and Group / Organization Tickets for the National Marian Anderson Historic Residence Museum at the Independence Visitors Center located at 6th and Market street in center city Philadelphia. VISIT AND EXPERIENCE LIVING HISTORY! MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY. Schedule your Summer Camp, School , Classes, Groups, Families and Organizations to Visit & Tour the National Historic Marian Anderson Residence Museum Today! www.marianandersonhistoricalsociety.weebly.com
The Marian Anderson Residence Museum
the national marian Anderson museum office HAS A NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER: 215-779-4219
*THE NATIONAL MARIAN ANDERSON MUSEUM OFFICE HAS A NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER: 215-779-4219
Museum Hours: The Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum is Open for Tours Daily from 10am - 4pm Monday through Saturday.
All Large Groups are encouraged to make an appointment. Please call our offices @ (215) 779-4219 & (267) 908 - 3790