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