The Mary Louise Curtis Branch celebrates 100 years at its current home in South Philadelphia

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Beginning with the Winter Orchestra Festival on Sunday, January 29, Settlement will commemorate this milestone anniversary with special performances by current students and alumni, as well as current and former faculty members, throughout the year.

Save the date for the 2017 Annual Concert on April 8, and look for an announcement about the Karin Fuller Capanna Annual Faculty Recital in fall 2017. Stay tuned to this webpage for additional event details, fun facts, and more!

Click above to hear from a few Settlement alumni who have been involved with the School for over 50 years!

About Settlement's Historic Mary Louise Curtis Branch

The Mary Louise Curtis Branch is Settlement’s original branch, constructed in 1917. Because it was constructed during the first World War, it was designed so that it might have an alternate use as an infirmary in the event of an attack on the United States. It has been a fixture of the Queen Village/Southwark neighborhood ever since.

Classes and other programming were different in the earliest days of the branch, according to the needs of the immediate neighborhood: Gym classes were held on the roof – photos from the early days show basketball hoops up there – and art classes were taught in the basement. Instruction in music and dance were offered too, of course, continuing the legacy of Settlement’s founders, who taught piano lessons at the Settlement House formerly located across Christian Street from the Mary Louise Curtis Branch.

The branch underwent considerable expansion and renovations both in 1962 and 2004; the expansion in 2004 added the Field Chamber Music Center, a dedicated space for chamber music study, as well as eight new teaching studios, a new performance space (now known as Field Recital Hall) and additional offices.

The branch now contains 40 classrooms and teaching studios and is home to robust programs in chamber music, choir, orchestra, jazz, percussion and dance, as well as the Kaleidoscope Arts Enrichment Pre-K program and Kaleidoscope Plus After School program.

Help us celebrate a century at 416 Queen Street by adding your name and sharing a favorite memory from your time at Settlement.

All current and former students, faculty, staff, and families from any Settlement branch are encouraged to participate!

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Remember, this doesn't have to be about the MLC Branch. Our entire Settlement family is celebrating the anniversary by sharing what we love about Settlement!
 Click the image above to view a PDF of this extraordinary document from 1929 outlining Settlement's history!

Click the image above to view a PDF of this extraordinary document from 1929 outlining Settlement's history!