Phoenix Opera House Block

The Phoenix Opera House Block is a historic building in Rushville, Illinois. Built in 1882, the building housed commercial businesses on the first floor and an opera house on the second floor. The opera house hosted traveling performers and theater companies as well as local social events. The opera house closed in 1910, as churches began to host the town's social functions and the local movie theater provided entertainment. From 1924 to 1956, the opera house served as a Masonic lodge. The building is one of the few surviving examples of a combined opera house and commercial building.[2]

Phoenix Opera House Block
Northern front of the block
Phoenix Opera House Block is located in Illinois
Phoenix Opera House Block
Phoenix Opera House Block is located in the United States
Phoenix Opera House Block
Location112-122 W. Lafayette St., Rushville, Illinois
Coordinates40°7′13″N 90°33′46″W / 40.12028°N 90.56278°W / 40.12028; -90.56278
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectWilson, Thos.; Wells, Charles H. & Lewis C.
NRHP reference No.85001010[1]
Added to NRHPMay 9, 1985

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 9, 1985.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Boyd, Jane (January 12, 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Phoenix Opera House Block" (PDF). National Park Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 5, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2013.