Croswell Opera House

129 E. Maumee Street,
Adrian, MI 49221

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 15, 2022 at 8:20 pm

An article in the Detroit Free Press of October 11, 1865, while the Croswell Opera House was under construction, said that the new house had been designed by Syracuse, New York architect Horatio Nelson White. Among White’s innovations at the Croswell, he employed a system of trusses, braces and iron ties to support the horseshoe-shaped gallery, eliminating the need for columns or heavy brackets on the main floor. This was of course lost when the auditorium was gutted for the 1921 reconstruction to the plans of John C. Brompton.

DavidZornig on May 5, 2020 at 10:15 am

1952 photo added credit Jeffrey Emerson‎.

rivest266 on October 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 30, 2007 at 11:06 am

Under Adrian Michigan in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide is listed the New Croswell Opera House, C.D. Hardy, Mgr. Seating listed as 1,158; admission prices ranged from 25 cents to $1. The house had both gas and electric illumination. The proscenium opening was 28 feet wide X 18 feet high, and the stage was 37 feet deep. There were 8 in the house orchestra. Hotels were the Lawrence and the Emery. There were 2 daily newspapers, the Times and the Telegram, and 3 weeklies. Railroads were the LS&MS and the Wabash.