B. Scott Holmes

Just trying to stay alive and keep my sideburns too

Opera House, Delaware, OH

Original Town Hall and Opera House burned down February 1934

The old city hall opened in 1882. Its clock tower rose to a height of 92ft. The first floor housed administrative offices, the police department, the jail, and the fire department. A 1,050 seat auditorium known as the Opera House graced the second floor. It was the city's social center for graduations and theatrical productions. Here, also, John Philip Sousa led his band in "Stars and Stripes Forever." Other celebrities who appeared here included Mark Twain, William McKinley, temperance advocate Carrie Nation, statesman William Jennings Bryan, Hollywood director Vincente Minnelli, Ben Hur author General Lew Wallace, and abolistionist Henry Ward Beecher. On a frigid winter night, February 24, 1934, the structure was destroyed by fire. Exactly three years later, on February 24, 1937, the current City Hall was dedicated and opened after costing $95,000 to build.

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February 10, 1885

This event not recorded in UV web site. Listed http://www.twainquotes.com/SpeechIndex.html

Images Courtesy Delaware County District Library

Images of America
Delaware and Delaware County
by Jeffrey T. Darbee with the
Delaware County Historical Society

The Sesqui - Centennial of Delaware County and City
1808 - 1958
Thomas D. Graham, Editor

Delaware County Then and Now
an informal history
by Ray S. Buckingham, 1976

Union Street and inside the Opera House at City Hall
Opera House
City Hall Then and Now
Delaware Gazette Saturday, Oct. 17, 1992 Page 1
Delaware Gazette Saturday, Oct. 17, 1992 Page 2
Delaware Daily Chronicle, Feb. 8, 1885
Delaware Daily Chronicle, Feb. 9, 1885
Delaware Daily Chronicle, Feb 10, 1885
Delaware Daily Chronicle, Feb. 11, 1885
Delaware Herald, Feb. 5, 1885
Delaware Herald, Jan 29, 1885
Delaware Herald, Jan 29, 1885 Page 2
Delaware Herald, Feb. 12, 1885
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