Primary Accounts of the Interior and Exterior
The first Chestnut Street Theatre (1794-1820) is described in detail in three accounts.
- It was thought of as rather fine for its day, judging from an unattributed account in The New York Magazine or Literary Repository for April 1794.
- The account of Moreau de Saint-Méry is somewhat less enthusiastic, but
- Dr. James Mease waxes enthusiastic a few years after the 1805 completion of the building.