Richwood Opera House and Town Hall

Richwood Opera House and Town Hall (HMHXH)

Location: Richwood, OH 43344 Union County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 25.526', W 83° 17.767'

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The Richwood Opera House and Town Hall was erected in 1890 as a community center designed to house the town council chambers, fire department, jail and opera house. The Richardsonian Romanesque styled building served Richwood in all these capacities for nearly 75 years. The Opera House was the site of minstrel shows, concerts, movies, lecture courses, revivals, farmers' institutes, commencements, and community meetings. The second floor gymnasium was used for a men's independent basketball league, dance classes, and as a teen center after World War II. Construction of an interurban railway running between Richwood and the resort town of Magnetic Springs in 1906 provided an expanded audience for the Opera House.
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The Richwood Symphony Orchestra made its home here in the 1920s - 1940s. The Opera House later became the Union Theatre, which closed in the 1960s, and the space was used to meet the growing needs of the municipal government. The fire department was housed here until 2001 when a new station was built. The Richwood Opera House and Town Hall is significant as a nineteenth century town hall that continues to function as the village's center of government in the twenty-first century. A restored 1903 clock sits atop the tower, being the inspiration for the Richwood village motto, "Where the clock strikes hospitality."
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number3-80
Year Placed2003
Placed ByVillage of Richwood, Richwood Business Association, Union County Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 12:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 305217 N 4477509
Decimal Degrees40.42543333, -83.29611667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 25.526', W 83° 17.767'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 25' 31.56" N, 83° 17' 46.02" W
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Area Code(s)740, 937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 105 S Franklin St, Richwood OH 43344, US
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