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Opera Hall (85-01133)
Also known as: 033, Duck Worth Wearing, John Stevens Building, Stevens, John L., Building233 Main St
Ames IA 50010
History and Architecture
Recreation and culture/theater
Recreation and culture/theater/movie theater
Recreation and culture/music facility/opera house
Late victorian: italianate
Roof form: flat
Evaluation Under National Register Criteria
National Register status
This building does not retain any historic integrity and no longer communicates its historic entertainment or commercial associations.
This two-story building has three façade bays, defined by the upper-story window openings. The first story features a non-historic hollow-metal storefront with a center recessed entrance. Above the entrance is a non-historic awning spanning the full width of the façade. Non-historic stucco conceals the brick on all elevations.
The 1896 Sanborn map indicates an Opera Hall as the occupant of the first floor, with a grocery store occupying the first floor. The 1911 Sanborn map indicates the Telephone Exchange as the occupant of the second floor. Per the Ames Historical Society, a movie theater occupied the second floor after the opera hall, however, this was not confirmed by the 1911-1926 Sanborn maps.