30 East Bayfield Street,
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Andrew Aune and John Overby built the “Opera Block” in 1884. The building was fifty by eighty feet, and was built at an initial cost of $8,000.
The auditorium was located on the second floor, while the ground level housed a saloon and pool hall, operated by Mr. Overby.
The upstairs auditorium served many functions, in addition to hosting early Vaudeville acts. Community events and dances were also held there, and it became a cultural hub of the community.
The original building was destroyed by a fire on September 14, 1888, but was immediately rebuilt to the plans of architect W.H. Webster of architectural firm Webster & Dodge.
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