The Benedum Center

The Benedum Center (HM1F45)

Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Allegheny County
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N 40° 26.572', W 79° 59.999'

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Penn Liberty Historic District

— National Register of Historic Places - Pittsburgh Historic Structure —

This building, originally known as the Stanley Theater, was built in 1926-1927 by James Bly Clark as the Pittsburgh flagship of the Stanley-Clark Motion Picture Company. The architects were the Hoffman-Henon Company of Philadelphia, considered at the time to be the most important theater designers in the eastern United States. At its opening on February 28, 1928, the Stanley, with its lavish interior spaces and state of the art equipment, was considered at the forefront of modern theater design, and for decades was host to many varied entertainments. It survives today as a masterpiece from the great age of movie palaces.

The Stanley Theater and the adjacent Clark Building were built together as a single project which linked offices, commerce, and theater. This union is considered an important event in the evolution of urban multi-use developments. In addition, the theater's restrained English Renaissance exterior of brick, terracotta and limestone is important that in its design was considered regional. It was an attempt, as stated by the architects, to reflect the taste of the local patronage.

The slow decline of the theater was reversed in 1985-1986 when the Stanley underwent a full restoration and expansion by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and MacLachlan, Cornelius, & Filoni as architects, and was renamed the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts.
HM NumberHM1F45
Year Placed1995
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 3:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 584807 N 4477393
Decimal Degrees40.44286667, -79.99998333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 26.572', W 79° 59.999'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 26' 34.32" N, 79° 59' 59.94" W
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Area Code(s)412, 724, 215
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 237 7th St, Pittsburgh PA 15222, US
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