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Ray Opera House

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c. 1904. 111 Main St.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

The Ray Opera House is an example of a building type once common throughout the state, but now increasingly rare. It is a two-story frame structure with basement. Originally, a grocery and general store occupied the first floor, and the second floor accommodated the opera house. The first-floor facade features plate-glass windows set in wood and a central entrance. The second story is sheathed in metal that is stamped in two patterns to simulate rusticated stone blocks. Four double-hung windows on the second story are ornamented by head casings in the form of semicircular pediments with rosettes and Corinthian brackets. A cornice enriched with classical elements terminates the building and is surmounted by a name block between fluted supports. The stamped-metal false front conceals a curved, bowstring truss roof.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Ray Opera House", [Epping, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 152-152.

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