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Curtis Clears Site for Expansion

If you haven't walked the 1600 block of Locust Street lately you might not know that the old Locust Club building is gone - and so is everything behind the facades of the two buildings on either side of the property. The historic facades are now nothing but slim masks of a construction site. They will be restored, with the Curtis Institute of Music's new dorms and rehearsal spaces rising behind them.

Curtis Clears Site for Expansion

If you haven't walked the 1600 block of Locust Street lately you might not know that the old Locust Club building is gone - and so is everything behind the facades of the two buildings on either side of the property. The historic facades are now nothing but slim masks of a construction site. They will be restored, with the Curtis Institute of Music's new dorms and rehearsal spaces rising behind them.

The project (see a rendering here) is being designed by Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and is slated to open in 2011.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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