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Creator: Boston Opera House.
Title:Boston Opera House records
Dates:1908-1958
Call Number:M33
Location:70/3
Volume:0.50 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Scope and Content Note:The records of the Boston Opera House document a Boston cultural landmark. The collection contains items that were placed in the Opera House's bronze cornerstone in 1908. Newspaper clippings document the history of the building and its subsequent demise. The collection also contains slides and photographs of the building during its demolition. Programs from Metropolitan Opera performances at the Boston Opera House highlight the visiting opera companies of the 1940s and 1950s. A brick from the Boston Opera House, which was rescued from the demolition in 1958, is also included.
Historical Abstract:The Boston Opera House (BOH) was the local citadel for lyrical drama for nearly 50 years. It cost Eben D. Jordan $700,000 to build in 1909. Most contemporary singers of note, including Enrico Caruso and Kirsten Flagstad, sang on the Opera House stage. In September 1957, the Boston City Building Department declared the BOH unsafe, and it was sold three weeks later by the Opera Holding Company to the S. & A. Allen Construction Company for $135,000. The Charlestown-based construction company then sold the Huntington Avenue property to Carl S. Ell, President of Northeastern, for $160,000. The building, directly across the street from the university, was razed in the summer of 1958 to provide space for campus expansion.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Boston Opera Company
  • Metropolitan Opera Company

  • Boston Opera House
  • Theaters -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Ken Risley, February 1999