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Ramsdell Theatre

 
 
Ramsdell Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
1. Ramsdell Theatre Marker
Inscription.

Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell—pioneer lawyer, state legislator and civic leader—built this theatre between 1902 and 1903. Many traveling companies played here and praised the features that made it unique among the playhouses of the era. Theatrical artist Walter Burredge painted the main curtain utilizing the theme “A Grove Near Athens.” The dome and lobby murals were the work of Thomas Ramsdell’s son Frederick. Public spirited citizens saved the landmark from demolition in the early 1920s. It was acquired by the city of Manistee in 1953. The Manistee Civic Players have helped to preserve its architecture and interior decor. The Ramsdell Theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic places in 1972.
 
Erected 1980. (Marker Number L0124.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 44° 14.751′ N, 86° 19.429′ W. Marker is in Manistee, Michigan, in Manistee County. Marker is on Maple Street near 1st Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Maple Street, Manistee MI 49660, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Manistee County War Memorial

Ramsdell Theater Marker image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 2003
2. Ramsdell Theater Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Manistee City Library (within shouting distance of this marker); The Haley Block (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lyman Building (about 700 feet away); The Thompson Building (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Manistee.
 
Also see . . .  Ramsdell Theatre and Hall History. (Submitted on June 18, 2007.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Looking in the doorway of the Ramsdell Theatre image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 2003
3. Looking in the doorway of the Ramsdell Theatre
Ramsdell Theatre and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
4. Ramsdell Theatre and Marker
Ramsdell Theatre image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 24, 2016
5. Ramsdell Theatre
Looking southeast
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,714 times since then and 224 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2, 3. submitted on , by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana.   4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 1, 2016.
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