Philharmonic finds permanent home with building gift

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic will have a permanent home on Franklin Street in downtown Columbus. The Philharmonic is announcing that the Haddad family foundation has donated the building that has housed the orchestra’s offices since 2003.

The 5,000 square foot building at 315 Franklin Street houses staff offices, a music library and storage space, in addition to space for private and group music lessons, youth ensemble rehearsals and other activities.

Bob and Helen Haddad have been big supporters of the Philharmonic since 1987 with the founding of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. In the 1990s, they headed the push for the orchestra’s endowment, including a $500,000 challenge gift. The couple have also funded the orchestra’s education director staff position with an annual grant for many years.

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic moved out of The Commons in 2003.