16 - 22 North Street, Auburn, New York | Unmarked Location
On Wednesday, January 21, 1885, Robert Green Ingersoll, America’s foremost freethought orator, delivered his controversial lecture "Orthodoxy" at Auburn’s Academy of Music.
The theater stood on North Street just north of Genesee Street, about 200 feet north of the Orestes Brownsonnewspaper office location, today’s Phoenix Building.
In 1889, four years after Ingersoll spoke, the Academy of Music was remodeled and renamed the Burtis Opera House. The Burtis was razed at an unknown date. The site is now occupied by a Brutalist Modern concrete commercial structure of apparent 1960s–1970s vintage.