Phoenix Opera House Block

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Phoenix Opera House Block
Phoenix Opera House Block.jpg
Northern front of the block
Phoenix Opera House Block is located in Illinois
Phoenix Opera House Block
Phoenix Opera House Block is located in the US
Phoenix Opera House Block
Location 112-122 W. Lafayette St., Rushville, Illinois
Coordinates 40°7′13″N 90°33′46″W / 40.12028°N 90.56278°W / 40.12028; -90.56278Coordinates: 40°7′13″N 90°33′46″W / 40.12028°N 90.56278°W / 40.12028; -90.56278
Area less than one acre
Built 1882
Architect Wilson, Thos.; Wells, Charles H. & Lewis C.
NRHP Reference # 85001010[1]
Added to NRHP May 9, 1985

The Phoenix Opera House Block is a historic building in Rushville, Illinois. Built in 1882, the building housed commercial businesses on the first floor and an opera house on the second floor. The opera house hosted traveling performers and theater companies as well as local social events. The opera house closed in 1910, as churches began to host the town's social functions and the local movie theater provided entertainment. From 1924 to 1956, the opera house served as a Masonic lodge. The building is one of the few surviving examples of a combined opera house and commercial building.[2]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 9, 1985.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Boyd, Jane (January 12, 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Phoenix Opera House Block" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved April 26, 2013.