The Opera House

The Opera House (HM14EX)

Location: Belfast, ME 04915 Waldo County
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N 44° 25.522', W 69° 0.425'

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— The Museum in the Streets —

Hayford Hall was built between 1866 and 1868 by Axel Hayford, a local contractor and businessman. It housed businesses on the lower level and a ballroom/theater with a balcony on the second level. Renamed the Belfast Opera House in 1883, it was the social center of Belfast. Entertainment included fancy dress balls, concerts, orators, amateur and professional theater, and public meetings. The first movies were shown here when the building was among the first in Belfast to add electric power (photo c. 1910).

The Haraden Block (diagonally across) built in 1850 by merchant John Haraden, was originally two stories and was later enlarged. In 1911, the fledgling telephone company occupied it with offices and a switchboard serving 2,000 customers.
HM NumberHM14EX
Marker Number14
Year Placed2004
Placed ByThe Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 10:22am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 499436 N 4919119
Decimal Degrees44.42536667, -69.00708333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 25.522', W 69° 0.425'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 25' 31.32" N, 69° 0' 25.50" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 109 Church St, Belfast ME 04915, US
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