The original Temple Opera building was six stories high, made of brownstone from the Amnicon River Quarries and red sandstone walls with carved capitals, faces and Celtic mazes. It once contained the Public Reading Rooms which later became the Public Library.
However, in 1942, the top three stories of the Temple Opera building and the Moorish Tower were removed to free the view of the building up the hill. Owner G.G. Hartley also disliked the style contrast with his classical Orpheum Theatre (the building on its left, with the iron canopy). Photo provided by Sheldon Aubut, more at www.duluthhistory.com.
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