Old Petaluma Opera House

The Old Petaluma Opera House (also known as the Maclay Building) is a historic building located in downtown Petaluma, California.

Old Petaluma Opera House
Old Petaluma Opera House, 147-149 Kentucky St., Petaluma, CA 5-31-2010 6-45-34 PM.JPG
Old Petaluma Opera House is located in California
Old Petaluma Opera House
Old Petaluma Opera House is located in the United States
Old Petaluma Opera House
Location147-149 Kentucky St., Petaluma, California
Coordinates38°14′6″N 122°38′27″W / 38.23500°N 122.64083°W / 38.23500; -122.64083Coordinates: 38°14′6″N 122°38′27″W / 38.23500°N 122.64083°W / 38.23500; -122.64083
Area0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
ArchitectBrainerd Jones
Architectural styleBeaux Arts, Stick/Eastlake
NRHP reference No.78000801[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 22, 1978


It was built in 1870 as a theater, lecture hall, and dance hall. In 1901, the upper floors were converted to office and meeting space and the street level was remodeled for retail space, and a new prefabricated cast iron facade, manufactured by the Mesker Brothers company of St. Louis, Missouri was installed.

The Nielsen Furniture Company occupied the building from 1944 to 1960.[2] As of June 2010, the building houses law offices and an Irish-style pub. It features Stick/Eastlake architecture.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Rinehart, Katherine J. (2005). Petaluma: A History in Architecture. Images of America. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-7385-3004-8.