Sumter Town Hall-Opera House

Also known as: Opera House, Sumter Academy of Music
N. Main St., Sumter, South Carolina


Sumter Town Hall-Opera House, Right Oblique

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The Sumter Town Hall-Opera House has served as a center of both entertainment and political service for the citizens of the Sumter area. An example of Richardson Romanesque architecture constructed in 1893, the Sumter Town Hall-Opera House is one of the most outstanding structures of downtown Sumter. The clock tower serves as a focal point for the entire area. The Town Hall was the first permanent home of city government in Sumter. In 1912, Sumter became one of the first municipalities in the United States to adopt the council-manager form of government. Sumterís first theater was located on the second floor. This structure housed many of the traveling road shows that toured the country in the late nineteenth century. Listed in the National Register May 24, 1973. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 24, 1973
Reference number
NR name
Sumter Town Hall--Opera House
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Richardsonian Romanesque
Areas of significance
Entertainment/Recreation; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
City hall; Theater; Music facility
Current functions
Music facility; Theater
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • October 23, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo
  • October 23, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller

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