Old City Hall and Opera House

Old City Hall and Opera House (HM8AN)

Location: Delaware, OH 43015 Delaware County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 17.908', W 83° 4.056'

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The old city hall opened in 1882. Its clock tower rose to a height of 92ft. The first floor housed administrative offices, the police department, the jail, and the fire department. A 1,050 seat auditorium known as the Opera House graced the second floor. It was the city's social center for graduations and theatrical productions. Here, also, John Philip Sousa led his band in "Stars and Stripes Forever." Other celebrities who appeared here included Mark Twain, William McKinley, temperance advocate Carrie Nation, statesman William Jennings Bryan, Hollywood director Vincente Minnelli, Ben Hur author General Lew Wallace, and abolistionist Henry Ward Beecher. On a frigid winter night, February 24, 1934, the structure was destroyed by fire. Exactly three years later, on February 24, 1937, the current City Hall was dedicated and opened after costing $95,000 to build.
HM NumberHM8AN
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Delaware County Historical Society series
Year Placed2008
Placed ByDelaware County Historical Society, The Kroger Company, and National City Bank
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 12:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 324274 N 4462936
Decimal Degrees40.29846667, -83.06760000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 17.908', W 83° 4.056'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 17' 54.48" N, 83° 4' 3.36" W
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Area Code(s)614, 740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 S Sandusky St, Delaware OH 43015, US
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