Message #226:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Mancos Opera House Restoration
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 1997 20:13:28 -0700


From: Tom Vaughan 

The Mancos Opera House

Constructed by A. J. Ames and George Woods, the two-story, red brick
structure was completed on March 1, 1910. It is located in the heart of
Mancos on Grand Avenue, on the north side of the first block west of
Grand's intersection with Main Street. 

The building appears to be three stories high, but the second-floor
auditorium is two stories high. The 'third story' windows one sees from the
outside are in the balcony on the south and west sides of the theater.

The opera house has concrete foundation walls, brick exterior walls, and
the roof is supported by a wood structure. Interior walls are wooden.

The facade, characterized as Roman Tuscan classical in style, is red/pink
pressed brick. The friezes, parapet wall caps, window lintels, column caps,
and string courses are precast concrete. The
lower frieze is above a double row of brick corbels. Today, the 
storefront below the lower frieze is made of 'jumbo' brick; the
original was a "traditional Victorian storefront." The facade also
contains brick decorative panels and projections.

The entrance, at the west end of the front, is a square arch framed 
in cast concrete elements. The west and rear elevations differ slightly in
the character of the brick used (different in color, smaller in size).      

The Mancos Opera House figured centrally in community life, serving as a
stage for community productions, a movie theater, and a venue for summer
stock theater as an added attraction for tourists on their way to or from
Mesa Verde National Park. The site was placed on the National Register of
Historic Places on January 9, 1988, and on the Colorado State Register of
Historic Places on January 27, 1988.

(Much of the information above was abstracted from the "Mancos Opera House
Assessment," developed by C. Richard Feeney, Richard A. Vick, and Maralan
Hutchins, funded by a grant from the Colorado State Historical Society)
 
Tom Vaughan    "The Waggin' Tongue"          
   (970) 533-1215           
11795 Road 39.2, Mancos, CO 81328  USA                            
Cultural Resource Management, Interpretation, Planning, & Training

[  SASIG Ed. Note -- The preservation-minded folks of Mancos are involved
in a project to restore the Mancos Opera House.  If you are in the
neighboorhood this summer, stop in Mancos and visit.  For additional
information about the project, or to provide assistance, contact "The
Waggin' Tongue" ! ]