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14 OF AMERICA'S MOST BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC THEATERS

MABEL TAINTER CENTER, MENOMONIE WISCONSIN

Commissioned as a memorial to their arts-loving daughter (who passed away at the age of 19), Andrew and Bertha Tainter had this theater in Menomonie, Wisconsin, built in 1889. The Richardsonian Romanesque building, designed by Harvey Ellis and constructed of Dunnville sandstone, reflects the grand Victorian era in which it was built. The building features curved surfaces and arches in the Moorish style and contains hand-stenciled walls and ceilings, a marble staircase and floors, leaded stained-glass windows, walnut and oak woodwork, brass fixtures, and four fireplaces. Restorers were able to preserve the original Steere & Turner tracker pipe organ, although its original power source, water, has been replaced with electricity.

 

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