In my previous post I addressed some of the challenges that may lie ahead in restoring the bandstand adjacent to Lincoln’s Cottage.
In this post I’ll focus on the bandstand’s history!
A 1906 report from the Soldiers’ Home Board of Comissioners notes they received a letter from the Union Iron Works of Washington “proposing to furnish and erect, complete, at the Soldiers’ Home a band stand as per sketch inclosed, at a cost of $2600.” The Report concludes with an authorization to erect “two band stands, one west of the Anderson Building (Lincoln’s Cottage) and the other near the Hospital, as proposed in the paper submitted.”
In 1911 the Board released another report that notes the expenses for maintaining a band at the Home. “The average number of men in the band and during the year was 21, all civilians. Total cost for the year, including salaries, clothing, music, etc was $14,816.54. Average monthly compensation of leader, $111; of other musicians $56.35. During the summer months, from April 15 to October 15 three outside band concerts were given each week at the bandstand near the Anderson Cottage and two outside band concerts each week at the hospital.”
This annual entertainment expense in today’s dollars equals nearly $440,000! The final image is an advertisement for Union Iron Works which has a story, along with the fate of the hospital bandstand, I’ll save for another day!
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