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Eureka Opera House

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1880. 10201 Main St. (U.S. 50)
  • Eureka Opera House (Julie Nicoletta)
  • Eureka Opera House (Bret Morgan)
  • Eureka Opera House (Bret Morgan)

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

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Eureka Opera House", [, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

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

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