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.
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Ray Opera House
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