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Marian Anderson Museum Repair & Restoration Project Gets Construction Support

Philadelphia, PA (Dec. 7, 2021) – For 25 years, the Marian Anderson Museum has been dedicated to preserving the legacy of the late classical singer, Marian Anderson.  After years of deterioration and flooding, the historical residence of Marian Anderson is in need of significant repair to restore the museum’s structure and ensure the future preservation of its many priceless artifacts.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, the leadership of the Marian Anderson Foundation will be joined by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, the leadership of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, and representatives from The Premier Building Restoration and BQ Basements and Concrete at the Marian Anderson Museum to announce phase two of the repair and restoration process for the opera legend’s home and historic landmark.

While the Marian Anderson Museum has a long way to go on the journey to fully repair and restoration the home, they will be receiving a boost from the Premier Building Restoration Company and BQ Basements and Concrete for over $20,000 of in-kind Services for some of the needed repairs to the building and its foundation.

Please join us as we honor the life and legacy of Marian Anderson by raising awareness and support for her historical home.

Media contacts: 

  • Jennifer Robinson of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia (215) 546-1146
  • Vincent Thompson Communications Director Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson 215-686-3412

About the Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum

For 25 years, the Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum has been dedicated to preserving the legacy of Marian Anderson, the late classical singer, who was considered one of the most important opera performers of the 20th century.  Her understated 19th century three-story home was declared a Historic Landmark by the state of Pennsylvania and is on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.  Ms. Anderson bought the house in 1924, transforming the small basement into an entertainment center. Here she would entertain friends and fellow musicians while resting up from world tours. Blacks during this time could not go out socially, so homeowners would enhance their basements to entertain friends. Ms. Anderson’s modest home contains rare photos, books, memorabilia and films about her life. The museum is run and maintained by The Marian Anderson Historical Society & changes its Exhibition theme every year giving visitors new and exciting perspectives on Marian Andersons amazing life. The organization was founded by Blanche Burton-Lyles and has existed for the past 23 years.

For more information, please contact the Marian Anderson Museum office @ 215-779-4219.