Burlingame and Chaffee Opera House (former),136 East Fourth Street
Backstory and Context
In the twentieth century, the second floor was used for storage while the first floor and basement commercial spaces were used by long-term occupants such as Turner Carriage, Harness & Furniture Company, Woolworth's, Burr's Department Store, Belk's Department Store, and the Bee Discount and Variety Store. There is over 30,000 square feet in this building making it one of the largest buildings on the courthouse square.
The building was damaged by a fire that destroyed the structure next door in 2013. Its current owner Keith McBride remodeled his building and operates McBride's Antiques on the first floor while continuing to restore the upper floor that once housed Carthage's early opera house.
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Powers Museum Vertical.File: Burlingame & Chaffee Opera House.
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2017 Building photography by Michele Hansford
Opera House photograph former Powers Museum exhibit image (1).
Belk-Simpson photograph, c. 1983, by Michele Hansford (2).
1904 Invoice (reproduction) former Powers Museum exhibit illustration.
Mural image is detail of postcard produced by former Main Street Carthage organization.