Demolition Alert 16: The Equinox Opera House in Manchester, Vermont

Picture of Equinox Opera House in Manchester, Vermont I

Equinox Opera House in Manchester, Vermont

Thanks to Tom Atkins for the pictures . . . see more of his historical photography work at Quarry House

Update (6/21/12): Great news . . . the Opera House in Manchester, Vermont gets a second chance. The Preservation Trust of Vermont has secured an option on the building to buy time to find a new owner that is interested in restoring the grand building. Anyone out there know of any not-for-profits or developers that might be interested?

Update: The green light has been given (as of March 6, 2012) by the Manchester Village Development Review Board to demolish the Equinox Opera House.

It looks like the historic fabric in Manchester, Vermont is going to suffer another major tear. First, the Village Country Inn was condemned to meet the wrecking ball to make way for a chain hotel. Now, the Equinox Opera House may soon meet the same fate. According to the Manchester Journal:

The Equinox Opera House, a historic building located on Union Street in the Village, may become a memory.

HEI Equinox L.L.C., the corporate owners of the Equinox Resort, has filed an application with the Village office to demolish the building – a project expected to cost $280,000, according to the application.

The original building – when it was constructed as an opera house – dates back to the late 19th century. It was later modified to a boarding house sometime in the first half of the 20th century, according to an architectural assessment of the opera house prepared by Sheerr McCrystal Palson Architecture, Inc.

That assessment, which was prepared in September 2011, examined whether or not the opera house should be demolished under the conditions in Manchester Zoning Ordinance.

Picture of Equinox Opera House in Manchester, Vermont II

Equinox Opera House in Manchester, Vermont

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