Syracuse, NY Opera House Burns, July 1881

FIRE'S DESTRUCTIVE WORK.

WIETING OPERA-HOUSE BURNED IN SYRACUSE.

THE MOST DISASTROUS CONFLAGRATION THAT HAS OCCURRED IN THAT CITY FOR THIRTY YEARS -- AN APPARENTLY UNLUCKY SITE FOR COSTLY BUILDINGS.

Syracuse, N. Y., July 19 -- The WIETING Opera-house building, in the centre of this city, one of the finest structures here, and containing one of the handsomest theatres in the State, was burned early this morning. It was wholly destroyed within two hours. The fire was the most disastrous that has occurred here within 30 years. The loss is estimated at $398,000, upon which there is an insurance of $270,000. Fully 50 tenants occupied the block destroyed, and all are losers to considerable amounts. The building was four stories high, covered half an acre of ground, was valued at $200,000, and was insured for $80,000. The New York State Banking Company saved their money and papers. Half a dozen persons were more or less severely injured by falling walls and debris. This is the third time within 25 years that buildings on this site have been burned.
The losses and insurances are as follows: J. D. ACKERMAN & Brother, clothiers, loss, $3,500; incured. S. P. PIERCE & Co., crockery, loss $30,000; insured. EVERSON & FRIGELLE, hardware, loss $35,000; insured for $27,000. GILES EVERSON, building, loss, $20,000; insured for $15,000. M. ROSENBLOOM, boots and shoes, loss $30,000; insured for $22,000. G. W. INGLAS, boots and shoes, loss on retail stock, $87,000; insured for $25,000. loss on wholesale stock $30,000, with stock partly damaged. LUTER Brothers, jewels and musical instruments, loss, $35,000; insured for $12,000. CHARLES J. POWERS, drugs, loss, $18,000; insured for $8,500. C. H. SHATTUCK, saloon, loss, $4,500; insured for $2,500. D. C. FRASER, photographer, loss, $7,000; insured for $4,000. Delta Kappa Epsilon Society, loss, $2,500; not insured. E. L. WALRATH, gold pens, loss, $2,000; fully insured. E. B. CROFUT & Co., seeds and agricultural implements, loss, $10,000; insurance, $6,000. H. N. WHITE, architect, loss, $1,000; no insurance. CHARLES LAMKIN, billiards, loss, $3,000; insurance $2,000. JOHN LENHEN, billiards, loss $1,000; no insurance. DR. GOFF, office fixtures, loss, $1,000; partly insured. I. M. DAUST, photographer, loss, $1,000; insurance $700. JOHN M. WIETING, opera-house building, $190,000; insurance, $80,000 on building, $10,000 on rents. W. E. BANNING, die-cutter, $1,600; insured for $400. RIANOS BAND, $1,000; no insurance. R. G. DUN & Co., Commercial Agency, $3,000; insurance, $1,500. P. H. LEBMAN, lessee of opera-house, personal effects, $4,500; no insurance. The New York State Banking Company, office furniture, $500; no insurance. A number of offices and shops were burned. The loss was less than $1,000 on each, mostly insured.
The western circuits of the Western Union Telegraph lines were interrupted for several hours, and the American Union lines were down in all directions. The damage has all been repaired, however. The intense heat of the burning building broke the plate-glass windows in the buildings on the opposite side of the street and did other damage.

The New York Times New York 1881-07-20