“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rome in Floyd County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Opera Alley

Opera Alley Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, March 28, 2008
1. Opera Alley Marker
Inscription. Opera Alley was a walkway adjacent to the Nevin Opera House at 321 Broad Street. The opera house, which opened in September of 1880, was built by Mr. M.A. Nevin.

The alley, donated to the city by Mr. Nevin was officially declared a city thoroughfare so that the performers, stagehands and suppliers might enter and leave the opera house without having to pass through the box office and parquet sections.

Until the early 1900's, it was Rome's principle center of entertainment, ranging from the Dresden, Boston and New York symphonies to local productions.

Fire totally destroyed the opera house in the early morning hours of December 31, 1919.

The arch designed by Tom Spector, A.I.A.
Erected by Rome Area Heritage Foundation and descendants of M.A. Nevin.
Location. 34° 15.262′ N, 85° 10.345′ W. Marker is in Rome, Georgia, in Floyd County. Marker is on Broad Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Between 3rd and 4th Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Rome GA 30161, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Floyd County (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ellen Louise Axson Wilson
Opera Alley Arch image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, March 28, 2008
2. Opera Alley Arch
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Georgia’s Paul Revere (approx. 0.4 miles away); Davis’ March to Rome (approx. 0.6 miles away); French’s Div. at Rome (approx. 0.6 miles away); Federal Occupation of Rome (approx. 0.6 miles away); De Soto In Georgia (approx. 0.6 miles away); Chieftains (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rome.
Also see . . .  Rome Georgia History. An article about Rome, Ga. with a picture of the opera house during the flood of 1886. (Submitted on October 10, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 
Categories. 20th CenturyEntertainmentNotable Buildings
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,330 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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