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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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,350 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 10, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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