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Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Opera House

 

—The Museum in the Streets —

 
The Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
1. The Opera House Marker
Inscription. Hayford Hall was built between 1866 and 1868 by Axel Hayford, a local contractor and businessman. It housed businesses on the lower level and a ballroom/theater with a balcony on the second level. Renamed the Belfast Opera House in 1883, it was the social center of Belfast. Entertainment included fancy dress balls, concerts, orators, amateur and professional theater, and public meetings. The first movies were shown here when the building was among the first in Belfast to add electric power (photo c. 1910).

Inset:
The Haraden Block (diagonally across) built in 1850 by merchant John Haraden, was originally two stories and was later enlarged. In 1911, the fledgling telephone company occupied it with offices and a switchboard serving 2,000 customers.
 
Erected 2004 by The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community. (Marker Number 14.)
 
Location. 44° 25.522′ N, 69° 0.425′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and Beaver Street, on the left on Church Street. Touch for map. The Marker is mounted on the Opera House building, next to a map showing the locations of all 30 markers. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
2. The Opera House Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Post Office Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Downtown Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); First Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Belfast City Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Windsor Hotel (about 400 feet away); Main and High (about 400 feet away); The Silver Screen (about 400 feet away); The Belfast Historical Society Museum (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
 
More about this marker. Marker #14 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
 
Categories. CommunicationsEntertainment
 
The Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
3. The Opera House Marker
The Opera House image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
4. The Opera House
The Opera House today
The Haraden Block today image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
5. The Haraden Block today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 15, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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