|Postcard: Boston Public Library – Flickr|
Beethoven’s name is inscribed over the stage, the only musician’s name that appears in the hall since the original directors couldn’t agree on any other name. The hall’s leather seats are the original ones installed in 1900. The hall seats 2,625 people during Symphony season and 2,371 during the Pops season, including 800 seats at tables on the main floor. The Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1881 and the Pops in 1885. Looking carefully at the postcard you can see a “POPS” sign on the front of the building.
|Photo: Google Streetview|
Today, traffic in front of the hall is a bit busier than it was in 1900. The electric trolley lines are gone having been replaced by a subway system, The horses and carts are gone as well.