Croswell Opera House

Croswell Opera House
Adrian Union Hall-Croswell Opera House
Croswell Opera House is located in Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Location: 129 East Maumee Street
Adrian, Michigan
Coordinates: 41°53′55″N 84°02′09″W / 41.89861°N 84.03583°W / 41.89861; -84.03583Coordinates: 41°53′55″N 84°02′09″W / 41.89861°N 84.03583°W / 41.89861; -84.03583
Built: 1866
Architect: John C. Brompton
Governing body: Private
Part of: Downtown Adrian Commercial District
NRHP Reference#: 85000839[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP: April 18, 1985
Designated MSHS: March 2, 1976[2]

The Croswell Opera House is a historic theater located at 129 East Maumee Street in the city of Adrian, Michigan. It is recognized as the oldest continuously running theater in the state and among the oldest in the United States. The theater and the adjoining hall were designated as a Michigan Historic Site on March 2, 1976 and later added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Adrian Union Hall-Croswell Opera House on April 18, 1985.[1][2]


The Croswell as it's known to locals, became an official Michigan Historic Site in 1976 and was added in 1985 to the National Register Of Historic Places. Designed and built from 1864-1866 by John C. Brompton, it has remained a fixture of recreation and culture in Lenawee County and the surrounding areas.

In 1921, the Croswell was converted into a movie theater and would remain one until 1967, when it was scheduled for destruction. The Adrian Foundation saved the building and the Croswell Opera House, and Fine Arts Association was created in order to promote the arts and to preserve the heritage of the opera house. In 1976, the two adjacent buildings were acquired, annexed, and renovated into the current art gallery, offices, and rehearsal spaces.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b State of Michigan (2009). "Adrian Union Hall / Croswell Opera House". Retrieved June 26, 2010. 

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