Tuesday, November 01, 2005

New Albany's Opera House - Did You Know?


Did you know that New Albany had an Opera House? Built in 1866 in a city that at the time was the leading industrial and commercial center of the state. The next time you are cruising down Spring Street, take a look to your right when you get to Pearl. It’s the same building – altered significantly – but that is our Opera House.

A fire damaged the building in about 1939. A re-model followed soon after the fire, leaving us with the building we have today. The biggest change, of course, was the removal of the top floor.

6 comments:

ceece said...

wow, how cool. I can't think of the building off the top of my head, but I can't wait to drive past it on the way home from work :-)

The New Albanian said...

I'd love to see programs from the heyday and see what was performed, and who was performing.

TedF said...

I'm tracking down some info that I'll scan and post. Look for an update soon.

An "evening at the opera" in New Albany - seems hard to imagine doesn't it?

Jeff said...

I was confused by the picture. You said the opera house was on the right as you went down Spring at Pearl. Was the opera house on the NE corner? The photo looks like the NW corner where the Elsby building now stands. What perspective was the photo taken from?

TedF said...

Hello Jeff. It is/was on the northeast corner. The photo was taken from the southwest corner of Spring and Pearl.

Jeff said...

It looks like the negative was reversed. The old post office was on the SW corner. I believe it was built in 1888. It was a limestone building which was black from atmosperic pollution when I was a kid. I think it was demolished in the 60's.