Edwin Forrest House

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Edwin Forrest House
Edwin forrest house01.jpg
Edwin Forrest House, now Freedom Theatre
Edwin Forrest House is located in Pennsylvania
Edwin Forrest House
Location 1326 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°58′17″N 75°9′21″W / 39.97139°N 75.15583°W / 39.97139; -75.15583Coordinates: 39°58′17″N 75°9′21″W / 39.97139°N 75.15583°W / 39.97139; -75.15583
Built 1853-54[2]
Architect probably Stephen Decatur Button.
James H. Windrim (1880 alterations)
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 72001152[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 13, 1972
Designated PHMC May 16, 1991[3]

The Edwin Forrest House (a.k.a. Gaul-Forrest House) is a house in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania built in 1853-54 for William Gaul, a wealthy brewer.[4] A year after its completion, it was bought by actor Edwin Forrest, who resided there until his death in the house in 1872.[5]

Edwin Forrest Mansion, after 1863 addition of theater wing (left).

The Philadelphia School of Design for Women purchased the property in 1880, and built an extensive rear addition westward to Carlisle Street, to house art studios. The addition's Master Street façade was brick, but fitted with brownstone-trimmed windows consistent with those of the original house.[5][6]

The school, which later changed its name to the Moore College of Art, continued to occupy the building until 1960. The Philadelphia Cotillion Society purchased the building and used it as a community center until 1968.[5]

Today the building is occupied by Freedom Theatre, which provides professional instruction in acting and live theatre production.[5][7]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ Webster, Richard (1981). Philadelphia Preserved. Philadelphia: Temple University Press : Philadelphia Historical Commission. p. 296. ISBN 0-87722-215-0. 
  3. ^ "Freedom Theater - PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Webster, p. 289.
  5. ^ a b c d http://www.arch.state.pa.us/pdfs/H001370_02B.pdf
  6. ^ Beyer, George (1991). Guide to the State Historical Markers of Pennsylvania. City: Pennsylvania Historical &. p. 32. ISBN 0-89271-040-3.  page 32, location number 109
  7. ^ http://www.freedomtheatre.org/tabid/337/Default.aspx

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