Broadwood Hotel

The Broadwood Hotel was the former headquarters of the Benevolent and Paternal Order of Elks, renamed Philadelphia Lodge No. 2 BPOE.

Broadwood Hotel - 7.29.15

On November 16, 1948, Duke Ellington performed here in the Crystal Ballroom. A notice in Billboard read:

This marks the first time in three years for a name band dance promotion in the hotel’s large ballroom and the first time for a Negro band to play the ballroom on a one-night promotion.

The Crystal Ballroom was used as a recording studio by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Symphony. Nat King Cole Sings My Fair Lady was recorded in the ballroom in 1963.

Broadwood Hotel - Nat King Cole

The historical marker out front notes the home games of the SPHAs basketball team (South Philadelphia Hebrew Association), a predecessor of the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, were played in the Crystal Ballroom.

The Broadwood Hotel was replaced by a parking garage in 1994.

3 thoughts on “Broadwood Hotel”

  1. I have a cocktail napkin, in good shape, from the Broadwood Cocktail lounge- 1955.

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