March 6, 1876 was the opening night of Baldwin’s Academy of Music, built by Elias Jackson Baldwin. The San Francisco Chronicle stated,” The public opening of this exquisite house tonight will be one of the most brilliant events. Shakespeare’s play, Richard III, must be indeed well played to divert the attention of the audience from the splendor that will surround them.”
E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin started his businesses in Indiana and Wisconsin, where he owned a grocery store, hotel, and saloon. In 1853, Baldwin moved with his family to San Francisco. While in San Francisco, Baldwin earned his millions from the stock market.
E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin from the collection of the Museum of Performance + Design
Baldwin Hotel & Academy of Music between 1878-1898 from the collection of the Museum of Performance + Design