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English Opera House clippings

 Collection — Folder: S2449
Identifier: S2449

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photostat copies of newspaper articles written in 1897 about the renovations and reopening of the English Opera House in Indianapolis, Indiana. The short editorial that praised improvements to the theater that would make it a safe and fire-proof building for its patrons was published July 26, 1897 in the Indianapolis News, not in 1896 as identified on the photostat.


  • 1897

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The English Hotel and Opera House once stood on the northwest quadrant of Monument Circle in Indianapolis, Indiana. The opera house theater was built first and its interior was modeled after the New York Grand Opera House. Originally opened in 1880, the theater was renovated in 1897 by owner William H. English's son, William E. English. The hotel was built in two sections, the first constructed in 1884 and the second section added in 1896. The hotel and theater were sold in 1947 and demolished in 1948 to make way for a modern building.


Mitchell, Dawn. "English Hotel and Opera House was Grand Lady of Monument Circle." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), October 20, 2019.

Worth, Richard W. "English Hotel and Opera House." Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, edited by David J. Bodenhamer and Robert G. Barrows, 546-547. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Norma J. Spillman.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/11/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/11/DD by Laura Eliason.
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.