Up Springfield Avenue

I seem to shoot Summit from this particular vantage point a lot.

The Summit Opera House as viewed from the other end of the road (in snow).

Here’s some more history, from a plaque on the side of the building!:


The building on this site was designed in 1893 for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union by architect Theodore Mead Jr. In return for title to the property, Civil War veteran Joel G. Van Cise completed the construction and provided the W.C.T.U. with a local headquarters. He also used the site as a rostrum when he ran for U.S. president on the Prohibition party ticket.

The building originally housed shops on the ground level. Upstairs, an 800-seat stage hall featured Vaudeville and became Summit’s very first movie house. The rear section contained a coffee shop, reading rooms, the W.C.T.U. meeting hall, and resort-quality sleeping rooms. The basement boasted sixty-foot bowling alleys.

The structures many names have included:
* Temperance Hall & Union Hall (1893);
* Williard Hall & Howard Hall (1894);
And the Van Cise Bldg., followed the the more lyrical “Summit Opera House.” In 1920, the Overlook Masonic Lodge inserted a full third level and dubbed it “Masonic Hall.” The building has also enjoyed great popularity for its restaurants:
* The Blue Lantern Tea Room (1920-1948);
* The New Hampshire House (1948-1989);
& J.B. Winberie (est. 1989).

– Restored by the Ryder family _____ 1986.

Just in case you were wondering, y’know.


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