Shorpy Saturday – Detroit Opera House: 1904

By Jeffrey Buck

What most know as the Detroit Opera House was not the original. Even this building, shown below, isn’t the original. The original or Old Detroit Opera House was destroyed by a fire and replaced by the building you see below in the photograph. The theatre on Grand Circus Park that now bears the name was designed by C. Howard Crane as the Capital Theatre in 1922.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Detroit Opera House: 1904“:

The Detroit Opera House circa 1904, starring an electric runabout out front. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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