Virginia City in Storey County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Piperís Opera House
Comstock Historical Marker No. 10
ó 12 North B Street, Virginia City, NV ó
Piperís Opera House began as Maguireís Opera House in 1863 when San Francisco theater impresario Thomas Maguire built the establishment, two blocks east of this site on “D” Street between Union and & Taylor Streets. Maguire fell on hard times and sold the opera house to John Piper in 1867. That building burned in the Great Fire of 1875. Piper then rebuilt the second opera house here behind his Corner Saloon, and re-opened on January 28, 1878. Tragedy struck once again when an early morning fire on March 13, 1883, reduced the opera house to a heap of smoldering ruins. Allegedly John Piper, himself, left a cigar burning in his upstairs apartment after closing a show. Piper rebuilt once again and opened the third Opera House on March 6, 1885, this is the building that stands before you today. In addition to hosting the finest entertainment acts in America, Piperís also served as a venue for political rallies, dances, graduation parties and a host of other civic events. Shakespeare was popular at Piperís along with orators, poets, and minstrel shows. John Piper arrived in Virginia City in 1860, and opened the Old Corner Wines, Liquors
At left, Piperís Opera House during the 1920ís. It fell into disrepair and required many years of restoration to bring it back to todayís appearance.
Erected 2009 by Piper's Opera House. (Marker Number 10.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Notable Buildings • Notable Places. A significant historical date for this entry is January 28, 1878.
Location. 39° 18.66′ N, 119° 39.008′ W. Marker is in Virginia City, Nevada, in Storey County. Marker is on B Street near Union Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 North B Street, Virginia City NV 89440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Piperís Opera House (here, next to this marker); The Storey County Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); 601's Storey County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Territorial Enterprise (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinatown (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of International Hotels (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Miners Union Hall (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia City.
Regarding Piperís Opera House. Also see Nearby Marker Piper's Opera House for additional photos, links and additional information.
This site has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Also see . . . Thomas Maguire in Virginia City. Society for American Music Bulletin entry:
The original owner of the Opera House, Thomas Maquire was known as the "Napoleon of Impresarios". He was one of the best known and most influential theater entreprenuers on the west coast during the 1860s. (Submitted on August 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,336 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 4. submitted on January 28, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 5. submitted on October 10, 2015.