Baldwin Chicago Centennial Grand
1932 - No. 67218
Case in American Walnut, 6’-3”
This rare and historically important piano was exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933/34, formally known as the Century of Progress International Exposition. Baldwin was featured as the “official” piano (see vintage article), quite a coup for the Cleveland-based company. This instrument comes with full provenance, having been in the same family since its purchase in 1934. Documents include Baldwin’s manufacturing ledger entry from 1932, the bill of sale, shipping documents, and a company letter thanking the buyer for the purchase of a fine instrument.
Always well cared for, the piano itself is in outstanding original condition. The case is in honey-colored, book-matched American walnut. It features graceful gate legs with period carving and an elegant music desk. A commemorative brass plaque affixed to the inside case rim reads: “BALDWIN – Official Piano – A Century of Progress – Chicago 1933.” The rare matching bench is original to the instrument.
A collector’s and player’s true treasure, celebrating not only Baldwin but also Chicago and its rich history that displays the outstanding craftsmanship and style of the day. Finally, it plays and sounds wonderfully well.