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. Touch 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
Also see . . . Ramsdell Theatre and Hall History. (Submitted on June 18, 2007.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings •
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