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Case study: Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House is one of Frank Matcham's most glorious Edwardian plaster palaces. It was opened on 1 June 1903. A contemporary description gives some sense of its splendour among the millstone towns of the Peak District: 'Over the entrance vestibule is the grand foyer? furnished with counter, etc, for the dispensing of refreshments. The floor is covered with Turkey carpets, and there are silk brocade draperies to the windows; the walls are covered with a leather paper, and the ceiling ...


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