#ThrowbackThursday: Original Beethoven manuscript found at The Palmer

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In July 2005, when The Palmer was still The Palmer Theological Seminary, an 80-page Beethoven manuscript was discovered in the library archives. The manuscript was authenticated by Dr. Jeffrey Kallberg at the University of Pennsylvania and by Dr. Stephen Roe, head of Sotheby’s Manuscript Department, and is a rare piano transcription by Beethoven of one of his own works, and the only complete manuscript source for the piano version of the “Grosse Fuge.” Lost for over 100 years, this discovery may be one of the most important musicological finds in recent years. “What this document gives us is rare insight into the imponderable process of decision making,” wrote Richard Kramer, a musicologist at the City University of New York, in a profile in the NYT, “by which this most complex of quartet movements is made over into a work for piano four-hands.”

The Beethoven manuscript was auctioned by Sotheby’s in London on December 1, 2005 for US$1.72 million to an anonymous bidder later revealed to be Bruce Kovner.

Throwback: A Luxury Hotel in the Roaring ’20s

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The Palmer has a long and rich history. Constructed in 1919 and designed by famed Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbuaer, The Green Hill Farms Hotel has overlooked the Philadelphia Main Line for nearly a century. In its heyday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “It was a huge luxury hotel built and run by bluebloods on land they inherited in Lower Merion.”

The hotel flourished in the Roaring ’20s, and then became an residential hotel until about World War II. Green Hills boasted acres of gorgeous grounds, gardens, a pool, outdoor tents, ballroom, and much more! Check out our gallery below.

Coming Soon: The Palmer

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What was once a luxury hotel for wealthy Philadelphians and later an educational institution for seminary students will now become the first modern apartment building on the “Main Line” in over 50 years. Developer Cross Properties purchased the Palmer from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and placed it on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. Cross is now redesigning the Palmer into 112 residences with unparalleled amenities.

“We’re remaking history,” said Cross Principal Kevin Michals. “We want to convert this historic building into modern living, while retaining the spirit of what this building once was: a place of luxury and respite.”

Cross has kept over forty historic fireplaces in the Palmer and beautifully restored the balconies to their original condition. The building features 1,2 and 3-bedroom apartments with new kitchens and bathrooms, hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and in-unit washers and dryers. “Residents will even enjoy a saltwater pool, community garden and fitness room,” said Michaels. The Palmer will begin pre-leasing this fall. Go to thepalmerapts.com/ for more information.