Theatre Interior

The Original Interior (May 1874–Apr 1883)

Architect: Graham, Chicago, Illinois. Designer of Hooley’s Theatre, later renamed Powers’ Theatre, Chicago
Plaster and Fresco Artisans: Italians from Chicago
Set Designer and Plaster Artisan: Sol. E. White, African American, Chicago. In 1880s Solomon moves his family to Grand Rapids while employed by Powers’ Opera House as a full-time artisan on set design.

The Floor is Lowered (September 1883 – June 1892)

Architect: Col. James M. Wood, Chicago

Rebuild After The First Fire (November 1892 – November 1901)

Architects: Oscar Cobb & Son (William), Chicago, Illinois
Plaster and Fresco Artisans:
Set Designer and Plaster Artisan: Sol. E. White, African American, Chicago

216-1-7.5 Powers 1903 Interior 1920

Powers Theatre in 1902 was first described as like “Pearls in a Crown” upon its grand opening.

Rebuild After The Second Fire (June 1902 – January 1979)

Architect: Col. James M. Wood, Chicago, Illinois
Wood Carver and Plaster Artisan: Danish artist, Alfred F. Nygard, studio in Detroit, Michigan
Set Designer:
Manager & Lessee: Col. James M. Wood, Chicago, Illinois (1902 – 1903 Retired). He later dies in 1903.

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