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Huron’s town hall was built in 1877 on property in Shirleyville, which had been donated by the family of Abiather Shirley, an early Huron pioneer and landowner. The Victorian structure was constructed of brick, trimmed with a pale gray stone and topped with a slate roof. An addition was added later to house the fire department. (Video: Downtown Interrrupted, Pete Walderzack)

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The Opera House ARC projector is on display at the Huron Historical Society office in the Huron Public Library.
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The first floor was used for village offices and the second floor housed an opera house, complete with a proscenium arch at the stage, spacious loft and u-shaped balcony. In 1923 a large canvas curtain painted with a scenic landscape and bordered with advertisements of Huron merchants was added to the stage.
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As part of the urban renewal project in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the town hall was demolished and replaced with a new city building. Many residents wanted to preserve the building, while others favored demolition. After much controversy and heated debate, the townspeople voted against preservation. One of Huron’s last historical landmarks was razed in 1974.

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