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Opera House Block

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1881. 1917, Ansel Pierce. 117–131 N. College Ave. (NR)

Like other western “cities” rushing to respectability, Fort Collins had to have an opera house. Although no full-scale opera was ever staged there, the upstairs hall accommodated traveling theatrical companies, local talent, balls, motion pictures, and high school graduations. Ansel Pierce's 1917 renovation of this 100-foot-long, three-story commercial structure gave it a “modern” buff brick veneer with terracotta Art Nouveau ornament and second-story leaded glass transoms. The storefronts have been rejuvenated and the building reanimated with a stained glass galleria.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Opera House Block", [Fort Collins, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 224-225.

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