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Vermontville Opera House

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1896–1898. 120 S. Main St.

This wonderful little vernacular opera house expresses the spirit of community cooperation in which downtown Vermontville was rebuilt after a fire at the turn of the twentieth century. The village and township collaborated in the construction of this civic building. The one-story rectangular building rests on a raised basement. It has masonry walls, a mansard roof, and a truncated corner tower with bell-cast roof. Village funds built the brick lower portion, which serves as a library, and township monies funded the red brick upper portion, which contained the opera house and multipurpose community room. Three local businessmen paid for the opera stage on which hung an oleographic curtain manufactured in Battle Creek that depicted a scene in Venice.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Vermontville Opera House", [Vermontville, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 304-305.

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