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Opera Hall (85-01133)

Also known as: 033, Duck Worth Wearing, John Stevens Building, Stevens, John L., Building

233 Main St
Ames IA 50010

History and Architecture

Construction date


Historic function(s)

Recreation and culture/theater
Recreation and culture/theater/movie theater
Recreation and culture/music facility/opera house

Current function(s)

Commerce/trade/specialty store

Architectural classification(s)

Late victorian
Late victorian: italianate
Roof form: flat

Evaluation Under National Register Criteria

National Register status

Not listed


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.