Nine years after Marmarth’s Opera House of 1909 was destroyed by fire, developer F. O. Barber, a bonanza wool grower and philanthropist, immediately set about constructing an even more elaborate building. Now closed and defenestrated, this building with its high-style pretense characterizes the exuberant aspirations of a frontier community. The two-story brick and sandstone building blends Classical Revival features with a bracketed cornice and a crenellated parapet, which gives it a strong presence. Meinecke Builders constructed the building.
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