a sign with a history

1For today’s post, I’m going with this sign from Boston. I have never come across anything quite like it! According to their website, M Steinert & Sons has been in business for 150 years. They own the building, Steinert Hall, that the piano shop is located in. Steinert Hall, built in 1896, is six-stories tall and made of limestone and brick. The facade is Beaux Arts-style with terra-cotta ornament and a copper cornice. This part of Boylston Street was called “Piano Row”. Inside the building and four stories below ground is a concert auditorium, now closed, designed with fluted Corinthian pilasters separating round arches. In the early 1900s, Steinert Hall was considered the “headquarters for the musical and artistic world of cultured Boston”. The concert auditorium, now in ill-repair, has not been used since it was closed in 1942 due to fire code restrictions and prohibitive cost to upgrade the hall. (via Wikipedia) There are some really great (and tragic) pictures of how it looks on the inside here.
This building has such a beautiful history, it’s no wonder the sign out front looks like this:2 3


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