In 1896, William McKinley was elected President, James Naismith had invented basketball a few years before, and Ed and Eva Warren built an opera house in Greenfield and although opera wasn’t performed there, other entertainers did. The first floor served as a place to sell dry goods and other items, and the Warrens lived on the second floor. It opened before Christmas that year, a splendid addition to Greenfield. The three-story structure with its turret is emblematic of the town.
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