Homestake Opera House

315 W. Main Street,
Lead, SD 57754

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Trolleyguy on July 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm

Updated website link:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Although the Homestake Opera House was devastated by a major fire on April 2, 1984, leaving almost nothing but the brick walls standing, the citizens of Lead voted to have the building restored. The gradual restoration continues under the auspices of the theater’s current owners, the non-profit Historic Homestake Opera House Society, which bought the building from the city in 2005. The official web site has a history of the theater and some photos, as well as a calender of scheduled events.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm

The article Tinseltoes linked to says that the Homestake Opera House opened on August 31, 1914. Construction was already underway when the August 23, 1913, issue of The Construction News reported on the project:

“Lead, S. D.—Opera House. $20,000. Brk. Work under way. Gen. contr., Wm. Bartlett, Lead. S. D.. Arch., Shattuck & Hussey, 19 S. La Salle St., Chicago, Ill. Owner, Home Stake Mining Co. R. P. Blackstone, Lead, S. D.”
Shattuck & Hussey (principals Walter F. Shattuck and Harry H. Hussey) was a well-known Chicago firm that specialized primarily in the design of YMCA buildings.