21. The New York Academy of Music

New York Academy of Music in The Gilded Age
Photograph by Barbara Nitke/HBO

The battle of the two opera houses comes to a close in Season 2’s grand finale. In this episode, we get a look inside the new Metropolitan Opera House as well as the old New York Academy of Music. The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is where the Academy scenes were shot. In 1870 the Troy Savings Bank planned to relocate to a larger facility. Originally founded in 1823, to demonstrate appreciation for the local community the bank included a music hall in plans for the new building. George Browne Post designed the structure, which was completed in  1875.