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City Hall & Opera House, Rouse Avenue & East Main Street, Bozeman, Gallatin County, MT



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Item Title


Location
Rouse Avenue & East Main Street, Bozeman, MT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MT-18
Building/structure dates: 1890 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1966 demolished
Significance: IN May 1887 a special election was held to decide the issue of building a new city hall and opera house. The issue passed on a vote of 98 to 22. The building, which required three years to complete, was designed by Bryan S. Vreeland, architect. Before completion, changes were made by architect George Hancock. Both men were local residents. The local paper reported, April 10, 1890, that the three story building nearing completion would cost over $35,000. Believed to be the finest opera house between St. Paul and Portland, it opened with a concert by the Queen City Band. Proceeds financed scenery and curtains for the stage. A grand opening was held on October 13, 1890 with the presentation of the Mendelssohn Quintet of Boston. It was planned from the beginning to house necessary city offices, jail and fire hall as well as the opera house. Movies ended the activities of the opera house but the building has accommodated city offices, jail and fire hall to this day. The condemned structure will be replaced by a new city hall, jail and fire hall building now under construction.

Subjects
Building Deterioration
Municipal Government
"Mission 66" Program


Related Names
Hancock, George
Vreeland, Byran
Sobek, Durward K., Field Team
Oyama, Jack, Field Team
Shanahan, Dick, Field Team
Blackburn, U. James, Delineator
Goldy, Charles B., Delineator


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 NORTH ELEVATION (Front)
2. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 EAST ELEVATION
3. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 WINDOW DETAIL
4. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 FIREHOUSE ENTRANCE DETAILS
5. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 CITY OFFICES ENTRANCE DETAIL
6. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 OPERA HOUSE ENTRANCE DETAIL
7. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 OPERA ENTRANCE INTERIOR DETAIL
8. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 SOUTH ELEVATION (Rear)
9. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 TRUSS DETAIL
10. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 PROSCENIUM ARCH DETAIL
11. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 STRAP HINGE DETAIL (Firehall)
12. Historic American Buildings Survey Al Huntsman, Photographer September 1965 FIRE ALARM PANEL OF 1894


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