1854 admission ticket New-York Academy of Music, Simeon Leland

$70.00 CAD

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Nice pre-Civil War admission ticket for the 1st season of the New York Academy of Music opera house, which was located at the northeast corner of East 14th Street and Irving Place in Manhattan. 

Ticket made out to Simeon Leland, prominent New York businessman and hotelier

               Balcony, 1st Tier
                     No. 56
S. Leland & Co. Shareholder
Certificate No. 171

Impressed stamp, with seated woman:


 Printed on thick, cardboard.

Smudges, back bit dirty. Nicks along edges.

1 ¾" x 3"

Simeon Leland was a prominent New York businessman and hotelier during the late 1800s. He made his wealth while operating the Metropolitan Hotel located on fashionable Broadway in lower Manhattan. Opened in 1852 to cater to travelers and residents who wanted to enjoy luxuries like bathrooms, running water, elevators, and fine dining, the Metropolitan attracted many Southern businessmen and their families who often came to New York in the summer to escape the extreme heat of the South.

Leland also began assembling an estate around this time, first purchasing a 40-acre property in New Rochelle overlooking Long Island Sound in 1848. Like many successful New York businessmen at that time, he took advantage of the railroads' development into the rural areas out of the city, carefully planning and designing a country residence for graceful and stylish living. In 1855, he began the erection his palatial 60-room, Gothic mansion, "Castle View", which took almost five years to complete.[3] Just as he was famous for his well-run and fashionable Metropolitan Hotel, Leland's home became equally famous as he entertained there regularly.

The Academy of Music was a New York City opera house, located on the northeast corner of East 14th Street and Irving Place in Manhattan. The 4,000-seat hall opened on October 2, 1854. The review in The New York Times declared it to be an acoustical "triumph", but "In every other aspect ... a decided failure," complaining about the architecture, interior design and the closeness of the seating; although a follow-up several days later relented a bit, saying that the theater "looked more cheerful, and in every way more effective" than it had on opening night.

The Academy's opera season became the center of social life for New York's elite, with the oldest and most prominent families owning seats in the theater's boxes. The opera house was destroyed by fire in 1866 and subsequently rebuilt, but it was supplanted as the city's premier opera venue in 1883 by the new Metropolitan Opera House – created by the nouveaux riches who had been frozen out of the Academy – and ceased presenting opera in 1886, turning instead to vaudeville. It was demolished in 1926 to make way for the Consolidated Edison Building.



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