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Delaware in Delaware County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Old City Hall and Opera House

 
 
Old City Hall and Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
1. Old City Hall and Opera House Marker
Inscription.  The old city hall opened in 1882. Its clock tower rose to a height of 92ft. The first floor housed administrative offices, the police department, the jail, and the fire department. A 1,050 seat auditorium known as the Opera House graced the second floor. It was the city's social center for graduations and theatrical productions. Here, also, John Philip Sousa led his band in “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Other celebrities who appeared here included Mark Twain, William McKinley, temperance advocate Carrie Nation, statesman William Jennings Bryan, Hollywood director Vincente Minnelli, Ben Hur author General Lew Wallace, and abolistionist Henry Ward Beecher. On a frigid winter night, February 24, 1934, the structure was destroyed by fire. Exactly three years later, on February 24, 1937, the current City Hall was dedicated and opened after costing $95,000 to build.
 
Erected 2008 by Delaware County Historical Society, The Kroger Company, and National City Bank.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics
Old City Hall and Opera House Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
2. Old City Hall and Opera House Marker
In front of Delaware City Hall.
Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #25 William McKinley, and the Ohio, Delaware County Historical Society series lists.
 
Location. 40° 17.908′ N, 83° 4.056′ W. Marker is in Delaware, Ohio, in Delaware County. Marker is at the intersection of Sandusky Street and William Street (U.S. 36), on the right when traveling north on Sandusky Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Delaware OH 43015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rutherford B. Hayes (within shouting distance of this marker); Rutherford B. Hayes Birthplace (within shouting distance of this marker); Eddy, Kroener, and Riesz Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); University Hall and Gray Chapel (about 800 feet away); Site of the First Ohio State Football Game (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1897 Memorial Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cherry, Judge, Luckett Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Sulphur Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delaware.
 
Also see . . .  Old City Hall and Opera House and Historic Delaware Photos. (Submitted on October 14, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Old City Hall and Opera House Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
3. Old City Hall and Opera House Photo on Marker
Delaware Bicentennial Logo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
4. Delaware Bicentennial Logo on Marker
City Hall sign, honoring Delaware City Employees image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
5. City Hall sign, honoring Delaware City Employees
Delaware City Employees dedication image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 21, 2008
6. Delaware City Employees dedication
Donated by Hiram Lodge No. 18 to honor the employees of the City of Delaware 1990
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,075 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 22, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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