Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Memorial Hall Garners Preservation Award

The Please Touch Museum has been given a National Trust for Historic Preservation Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. The project was one of 23 honored at the National Preservation Conference in Nashville. The enormous Beaux-Arts souvenir from the 1876 Centennial Exposition re-opened a year ago as the museum's new home. Its restoration was part of a larger $88 million effort by the museum that also included expenses for an unrealized move to Penn's Landing.

Memorial Hall Garners Preservation Award

The Please Touch Museum has been given a National Trust for Historic Preservation Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. The project was one of 23 honored at the National Preservation Conference in Nashville.

The enormous Beaux-Arts souvenir from the 1876 Centennial Exposition re-opened a year ago as the museum's new home. Its restoration was part of a larger $88 million effort by the museum that also included expenses for an unrealized move to Penn's Landing.

Along with Please Touch, project manager Northstar Advisors was honored as a co-recipient of the award. The architect was Kise, Straw and Kolodner, and general contractor was a joint venture of Daniel J. Keating Company, Bittenbender Construction, and McCrae Construction.

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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