Wednesday, February 2, 2011

100 years ago today, Liberty Hall burned to the ground

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM

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A little tidbit of local history for you, courtesy of Liberty Hall's Facebook page: We've learned that on this day, the Lawrence music hall burned to the ground. In 1911, however, the venue was known as the Bowersock Opera house.

Liberty Hall's Facebook offers more details.

Fire almost completely destroyed the Bowersock Opera House located at 7th and Massachusetts Street on February 2, 1911. It was the second opera house at this location; this structure was built in 1896. After the 1911 fire due to faulty wiring, the Opera House was

rebuilt bigger and stronger than before, in part as a testament to the indomitable desire of Mr. Justin DeWitt Bowersock (namesake) to bring culture and civility to Lawrence.

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