Idaho Springs Opera House

Idaho Springs Opera House (HM1GFG)

Location: Idaho Springs, CO 80452 Clear Creek County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 44.517', W 105° 30.975'

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1535 Miner Street

Mrs. Coddington owned a two-story brick double on the corner lot. It was occupied by W.K. Townsend (grocer) and Paul Lanius (hardware). Townsend imported glassware and crockery and was said to have the best selection of cigars in town. "Lets all rejoice-Paul Lanius and company have opened a general hardware store in the Coddington Block", an 1881 newspaper proclaimed and promised that a full supply of "stoves, miners' supplies, powder and fuses" would always be on hand.
In a small one-story addition was the "Palace of Sweets", later the "Opera Confectionery".
The Coddington Block burned in January 1989 and was demolished the following March to make way for Citizen's Park.
S.J. Coddington owned the adjacent property to the west until 1912, when he agreed to sell it to a group of investors who called themselves "The Idaho Springs Opera House Association". During the next two decades, the building was both a vaudeville and movie theatre. Eventually called the "Mines Theatre", movies were shown here into the 1970's. The ballroom was consumed by fire in the 1940's.
The building has a masonry belt course beneath the second floor windows, a metal bracketed cornice and a vertically striated frieze, with decorated metal panels below. In 1994 it was refurbished by owners Bob Gibbs and Art Rosean.
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 4:27pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 455767 N 4399244
Decimal Degrees39.74195000, -105.51625000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 44.517', W 105° 30.975'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 44' 31.02" N, 105° 30' 58.5" W
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Area Code(s)303, 720
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1518-1520 Miner St, Idaho Springs CO 80452, US
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