Elks Opera House Laying Cornerstone


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Elks Opera House laying cornerstone gathering, Prescott. Postcard view of Elks Opera House, Prescott. BPOE Lodge #330 purchased the property upon which the Elks Opera House is located in 1900 and selected John R. Minor as the architect of the Elks Building. The original plans did not include a theater, but in 1904 the Elks Lodge held a public meeting to gauge public interest in including an opera house in the Elks building. Prescott residents raised the necessary funds of $15,000, and the granite cornerstone was laid on April 3, 1904, followed by the grand opening was February 20, 1905. 

On the left across the street is the Congress Hotel, which changed its name from the Congress House in 1902. In the far left is the spire of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which was erected by Reverend Father Alfred Quetu in 1895.

On the far right corner is the Carnegie Library, which was built in 1903. The Gothic style residence with the turrets in the right background was constructed by a W. Z. Wilson in 1877. Among the owners included Thomas Fitch (who added a dining hall at the house in 1879), Colonel Clark Churchill, the Arizona Land & Stock Company, and Hugo Richards.


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