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Trinidad Opera House

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1882, Solomon, Henry, and Samuel Jaffa, builders. 100–116 W. Main St. (southwest corner of Commercial St.)

The Trinidad Opera House has a smooth sandstone skin stretched tightly up the two-story facade and decorated with hand-carved geometric patterns. The same handsome stone is used for the window trim, brackets, cornice, pediments, and a flattened-arch entry, although modernized storefronts mar the street level. A central stairway leads to the 710-seat, second-floor opera hall with an oval stained glass skylight, a glorious space now divided into rental rooms. The builders, brothers Solomon, Henry, and Samuel Jaffa, three pioneer Jewish merchants, used the corner storefront for their shop in what is sometimes called the Jaffa Opera House. An embodiment of Trinidad's aspirations, the building also represents the contribution of Jewish merchants to cultural life on the frontier.

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Author: 
Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Trinidad Opera House", [Trinidad, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-LA10.

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 377-377.

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