Grand Opera House (Wilmington, Delaware)

Masonic Hall and Grand Theater
Cast-iron facade of building
Grand Opera House (Wilmington, Delaware) is located in Delaware
Location: 818 N Market St, Wilmington, Delaware
Coordinates: 39°44′38″N 75°32′55″W / 39.74389°N 75.54861°W / 39.74389; -75.54861Coordinates: 39°44′38″N 75°32′55″W / 39.74389°N 75.54861°W / 39.74389; -75.54861
Built: 1871
Architect: Thomas Dixon, Charles L. Carson
Architectural style: Second Empire
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference#: 72000294
Added to NRHP: December 11, 1972[1]

The Grand Opera House, also known as The Grand or Masonic Hall and Grand Theater, is a 1,208-seat theater for the performing arts in Wilmington, Delaware. The four-story building was built in 1871 by the Delaware Grand Lodge of Masons to serve as a Masonic Temple and auditorium. The construction cost was $100,000.[2] It was designed in Second Empire style by Baltimore architect Thomas Dixon and incorporates symbolism from Freemasonry into the cast-iron facade.

Historically, the Grand hosted a variety of operas, symphonies, Victorian melodramas, minstrel shows, burlesque, vaudeville, and other exhibitions, including performers such as Ethel Barrymore, "Buffalo Bill" Cody and John Philip Sousa. For most of the twentieth century the Grand was operated exclusively as a movie theater, run by Warner Brothers from 1930 and eventually closing in 1967. It was reopened four years later and returned to programming emphasizing classical music, partnering with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, OperaDelaware, and the First State Ballet Theatre.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 with assertions of both architectural and historical significance. It was argued it is "one of the finest remaining examples of 19th century cast iron architecture in America" and that it has important association with events and persons in Delaware's history.[1][3]

In 1973, management was turned over to a non-profit organization and the building underwent extensive restoration, which was completed in 1976.

See also

References

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Grand Opera House — may refer to:*Grand Opera House (Belfast) *Grand Opera House (Dubuque, Iowa) *Grand Opera House (Macon, Georgia) *Grand Opera House (Meridian, Mississippi) *Grand Opera House (New York City): see Pike s Opera House *Grand Opera House (Oshkosh,… …   Wikipedia

  • Wilmington, Delaware — Geobox City name = City of Wilmington native name = other name = Fort Christina, New Sweden other name1 = category = City image caption = Downtown Wilmington and the Christina River in 2006 flag size = symbol type = Seal symbol = symbol size =… …   Wikipedia

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Wilmington, Delaware — This is a list of properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Wilmington, Delaware:[1][2] This page was transferred for reasons of size from National Register of Historic Places listings in New Castle County, Delaware, of… …   Wikipedia

  • Delaware Children's Theatre — New Century Club U.S. National Register of Historic Places …   Wikipedia

  • Opera Delaware — is a professional opera company located in Wilmington, Delaware[1]. The company was founded in 1944 and is one of the oldest professional opera companies in the United States. To date the company has staged 198 productions of 104 operas by 55… …   Wikipedia

  • Delaware Symphony Orchestra — Also known as DSO Genres Classical Years active 1929 present Labels Telarc International Corporation …   Wikipedia

  • Delaware — /del euh wair /, n., pl. Delawares, (esp. collectively) Delaware for 5. 1. Baron. See De La Warr, 12th Baron. 2. a state in the eastern United States, on the Atlantic coast. 595,225; 2057 sq. mi. (5330 sq. km). Cap.: Dover. Abbr.: DE (for use… …   Universalium

  • Terence Yung — (b. Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong American classical pianist. EducationAt fourteen, he entered the Juilliard School where he studied with Frank Lévy. He is currently a student of the legendary American pianist Abbey Simon who himself is a protegé of… …   Wikipedia

  • Masonic Hall (disambiguation) — Masonic Hall or Old Masonic Hall may refer to: in the United States (by state then town) Masonic Hall (Wickenburg, Arizona), listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) Old Masonic Hall (Benicia, California), listed on the NRHP in… …   Wikipedia

  • Performing arts presenters — A performing arts presenting organization is an organization, or department or program of a larger organization, that works to facilitate exchanges between artists and audiences through creative, educational, and performance opportunities. The… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.