Grand Opera House (St. James, Minnesota)

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Grand Opera House
The Grand Opera House from the northwest
Grand Opera House (St. James, Minnesota) is located in Minnesota
Grand Opera House (St. James, Minnesota)
Grand Opera House (St. James, Minnesota) is located in the United States
Grand Opera House (St. James, Minnesota)
Location502 1st Avenue South, St. James, Minnesota
Coordinates43°58′53″N 94°37′45″W / 43.98139°N 94.62917°W / 43.98139; -94.62917Coordinates: 43°58′53″N 94°37′45″W / 43.98139°N 94.62917°W / 43.98139; -94.62917
AreaLess than one acre
Built byJohn S. Bumby
Architectural styleQueen Anne
NRHP reference #09001152[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 23, 2009

The Grand Opera House, also known as the St. James Opera House, is a historic theater building in St. James, Minnesota, United States, completed in 1892. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009 for its local significance in the theme of entertainment/recreation.[2] It was nominated for being the city's principal performance venue from 1892 to 1921, bringing fine performing arts like theater, music, and comedy to a modest agricultural center, as well hosting local events.[3] Like many of the hundreds of opera houses built across the Midwestern United States from 1880 to 1910, the St. James opera house contains its auditorium on the upper floor, with retail space on the ground floor as a source of rental income.[3]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Grand Opera House". Minnesota National Register Properties Database. Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved 2015-06-23.
  3. ^ a b Granger, Susan; Scott Kelly; Kay Grossman (August 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Grand Opera House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-08-18.