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Boyce Block

  • Address: 216 - 224 E Main St
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

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Boyce Block


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1880/00/00 Lemuel D Grosvenor Architect Designed by Mr Grosvernor of Jackson, Michigan, the Boyce Block is built for James Boyce, businessman and leader of the city's commercial development. As the first major, modern commercial structure in Muncie, its one of the first to use gas.
1885/12/19 James A Boyce (Muncie, IN) Owner After building the first electric generating plant in Muncie, the Boyce Block and H Klein's Jewelry Store become the first commercial buildings in Muncie to be lighted by electricity. Invention of Public Electricity Supply
1890/00/00 James A Boyce (Muncie, IN) Owner A fire destroys the inside of the Boyce Block, but James Boyce rebuilds immediately.
1904/00/00 Two west bays of the Boyce Block are converted into the Star Theatre. The vaudeville venue will be the first to have a fine ventilation system that is cleaned each morning, and a private vacuum cleaner which uses a compressed air process.
1910/00/00 The Star is the first theater in Indiana to install the Von Duprin Safe Exit Device. Better known as a panic bar, the devise makes it easy to open locked doors from the inside. History of Fire Safety
1930/00/00 Affiliated with the National Vaudeville Managers Association, The Star host the very best performances during the vaudeville age until the late 1920s, then stood vacant until 1936.
1936/00/00 The old vaudeville playhouse reopens as the Hoosier Theatre, providing both live entertainment and motion pictures. It will be a staple of Muncie's social life until 1955.

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Particulars for Boyce Block:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Business
Area of Significance Commerce
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance Local
Area of Significance Performing Arts
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Area of Significance Theatre
Historic use Vaudeville Theatre

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 84001015
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Grosvernor,Jackson
Architectural Style: No style listed
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Commerce, Architecture, Performing arts
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering, Person
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899
Significant Year: 1880, 1890, 1904
Associated People: Boyce,James A.
Historic Function: Recreation and Culture, Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Theater, Business
Current Function: Education, Domestic, Recreation and Culture, Commerce, Trade
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling Theater Business

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