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Home > Nebraska > Niobrara > Koster's Theatre, North side of Elm Street, Niobrara, Knox County, NE



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B&W Photos
Sam Amato, Photographer October 1977 Southeast (front) Elevation
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Sam Amato, Photographer October 1977 Southeast (front) Elevation
Sam Amato, Photographer October 1977 Close-up View Of Theatre, South Elevation
HB772551
Sam Amato, Photographer October 1977 Close-up View Of Theatre, South Elevation
Photocopy Of H
HB772552
Photocopy Of H
Photocopy Of H
HB772553
Photocopy Of H
Photocopy Of Brick Block Of Koster
HB772554
Photocopy Of Brick Block Of Koster's Theatre And H


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Location
North side of Elm Street, Niobrara, NE

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS NE-28
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-12, FN-13, FN-14, FN-15).
Building/structure dates: 1879 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1930 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1955 subsequent work
Significance: The theatre was the center of entertainment in the town of Niobrara. Architecturally, the theatre reflects simplicity in design with an arcaded entryway. The H.E. Bonesteel Company was one of the town's important stores, selling dry goods and groceries. It was among the town's original structures that were moved to the second townsite after the devastating 1881 flood. Before a brick facade was put up in 1930, the structure originally had a wooden false front, which is a representative example of pioneer commercial architecture of the late nineteenth century.

Subjects
Commerce
Theatrical Productions
Moving Of Structures


Related Names
Bonesteel, Henry E.
Vlansnik, George
Melena, Charles
Jones, Larry, Field Team
Darlow, Peter, Field Team
Becker, Lisa, Field Team
Rastorfer, Darl, Field Team
Amato, Sam, Photographer
Burns, Kathryn, Historian
Benson, Perry, Historian
McCown, Susan, Historian
Benson, Perry, Delineator


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Sam Amato, Photographer October 1977 SOUTHEAST (FRONT) ELEVATION
2. Sam Amato, Photographer October 1977 CLOSE-UP VIEW OF THEATRE, SOUTH ELEVATION
3. Photocopy of H. E. Bonesteel Co. store in background (left) with original false front, turn of the century. Original photo at Nebraska State Historical Society.
4. Photocopy of H. E. Bonesteel Co. Store in background, with false front circa 1913. Original photo at Nebraska State Historical Society.
5. Photocopy of brick block of Koster's Theatre and H. E. Bonesteel Co. store left side of street, with cars blocking the front entrances, 1930s. Original photo at Nebraska State Historical Society.


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