Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mabel Tainter Theater, Menomonie, Wisconsin

Mabel Tainter
A restored Victorian theater in downtown Menomonie, WI

Romantically reminiscent of Victorian days gone-by, the Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater is one of America's premier restored theaters. The lavish 313 seat theater features intricate hand stenciled walls and ceilings, carved mahogany, walnut and oak woodwork and Tiffany stained glass windows. Tours are offered daily, but the best way to experience the theater is by attending a show. The theater's intimacy and superb acoustics put you directly into the performance.

postmarked in 2009 with a 28 cent polar bear stamp

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The Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater was constructed in 1889 as a tribute to young Mabel Tainter, a lover of music and the arts, who died in 1886 at the age of nineteen. The Memorial was commissioned by Captain and Mrs. Andrew Tainter. Andrew was one of the lumber barons for Knapp, Stout & Co.

The Theater still contains the original Steere & Turner tracker pipe organ. The organ has a total of 1597 pipes and 28 stops. The pipes range from 2 inches to 16 feet. The organ was originally water powered, but it was later converted to electric. The organ's restoration began in 1957 and since then has been fully restored.

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