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" ! ]