New Orleans, LA Opera House Burns, Dec 1919

Opera House Opera House Ruins

NEW ORLEANS' FRENCH OPERA HOUSE BURNED.

FAMOUS STRUCTURE, BUILT IN 1859, IS COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY FIRE.

New Orleans, Dec. 5. -- (United Press). -- The Old French opera house, a landmark of old New Orleans, was burned to the ground Thursday in a fire which originated in the rear of the restaurant Cafe de L'Opera. The opera house was built it 1859.
ADELAID PATTI made her American debut in the old playhouse. MISS DeRESZKE and JENNY LIND, also graced the stage.

The loss is estimated at $47,000. Insurance was carried to the amount of $45,000. The entire set of costumes and scenery of the New Orleans Opera Company was destroyed, including the valuable violins of the orchestra.

The building was the scene of historical social life, all the Mardi Gras balls having been held in it for half a century.

The Star Anniston Alabama 1919-12-05