You are here

Eureka Opera House

-A A +A
1880. 10201 Main St. (U.S. 50)
  • Eureka Opera House
  • Eureka Opera House
  • Eureka Opera House

Like the courthouse across the street, the opera house was erected after the fire of 1880 and designed to be completely fireproof, with 2-foot-thick masonry walls, a brick and iron facade, and a slate roof. A full-length porch with balcony above, supported by four columns, shelters the first floor. The brick facade rises to a stepped and scrolled parapet displaying in paint the words “Eureka Opera House.” The interior is equally impressive, with a horseshoe balcony suspended from the ceiling and a stage curtain painted in Minneapolis in 1924, on which old-time advertisements for local businesses surround a framed depiction of an exotic-looking sailing ship in a seascape resembling a Venetian harbor. In the early 1990s Eureka County, rich with revenues from gold mines, spent over $2 million to restore the structure as a performing arts and conference center. In 1994 the project won a National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award—the only project in Nevada to receive one.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Julie Nicoletta
×

Data

What's Nearby

Citation

Julie Nicoletta, "Eureka Opera House", [, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/NV-01-CE17.

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 175-175.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,