Odeon, Boston

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Odeon, Boston, 19th century
Detail of 1838 map of Boston, showing Odeon on Federal St.

The Odeon (1835-c. 1846) of Boston, Massachusetts, was a lecture and concert hall on Federal Street in the building also known as the Boston Theatre.[1][2] The 1,300-seat auditorium measured "50 feet square" with "red moreen"-upholstered "seats arranged in a circular order, and above them ... spacious galleries."[3] The Boston Academy of Music occupied the Odeon in the 1830s and 1840s[4] Notable events at the Odeon included "the first performance in Boston of a Beethoven symphony."[5]





  1. ^ Boston Athenaeum. "Theater History: Boston Theatre (1794-1852), Federal and Franklin Streets". Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  2. ^ Boston Almanac. 1841
  3. ^ a b "The Boston Academy of Music". The Family Minstrel. 1 (15). Sep 1, 1835. 
  4. ^ Boston Academy of Music. Annual Report. 1836, 1844
  5. ^ Samuel A. Eliot (Oct., 1936 - May, 1941). "Being Mayor of Boston a Hundred Years Ago". Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Third Series. 66.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ a b c d e American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1 
  7. ^ Eulogy on King Philip, as pronounced at the Odeon, in Federal Street, Boston, by the Rev. William Apess, an Indian, January 8, 1836 (2nd ed.), Boston: The author, 1837, OCLC 4332979 
  8. ^ Sponsored by the Massachusetts Temperance Society. Larry A. Carlson. "Bronson Alcott's 'Journal for 1837' (Part One)." Studies in the American Renaissance, (1981), pp. 27-132
  9. ^ Edward Everett (1838). An address, delivered before the Mercantile Library Association, at the Odeon in Boston, September 13, 1838. Boston: W. D. Ticknor. 
  10. ^ a b c Larry A. Carlson. "Bronson Alcott's 'Journal for 1838' (Part One)." Studies in the American Renaissance, (1993), pp. 161-244
  11. ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1924). War : an address before the American Peace Society at the Odeon, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1838. Washington, D.C.: American Peace Society. 
  12. ^ The Musical Magazine (Boston) no.38, June 6, 1840
  13. ^ Boston Daily Atlas, Feb. 16, 1843
  14. ^ George Lunt. Culture: a poem delivered before the Mercantile Library Association, at the Odeon, in Boston, October 3, 1843. Boston, W. D. Ticknor & Company, 1843.
  15. ^ Meyers, Jeffrey. Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy. New York: Cooper Square Press, 1992. ISBN 0-8154-1038-7

Further reading[edit]

  • Bowen, Abel (1838), Bowen's Picture of Boston, Boston: Otis, Broaders and company, OCLC 5204074 
  • Michael Broyles. "Music and Class Structure in Antebellum Boston." Journal of the American Musicological Society, Vol. 44, No. 3 (Autumn, 1991), pp. 451–493

Coordinates: 42°21′19.97″N 71°3′23.48″W / 42.3555472°N 71.0565222°W / 42.3555472; -71.0565222