Edwin Forrest House
Edwin Forrest House
Edwin Forrest House, now Freedom Theatre
|Location||1326 N. Broad St.
|Architect||probably Stephen Decatur Button.
James H. Windrim (1880 alterations)
|NRHP Reference #||72001152|
|Added to NRHP||January 13, 1972|
|Designated PHMC||May 16, 1991|
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. A year after its completion, it was bought by actor Edwin Forrest, who resided there until his death in the house in 1872.
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.
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.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- Webster, Richard (1981). Philadelphia Preserved. Philadelphia: Temple University Press : Philadelphia Historical Commission. p. 296. ISBN 0-87722-215-0.
- "Freedom Theater - PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
- Webster, p. 289.
- 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
- Listing and photograph of the Gaul-Forrest House at the Historic American Buildings Survey
- Listing of the Gaul-Forrest House at Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
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