Year-Round Tours at Washington Hall
(Teller House, Opera House, Thomas House, St. James Methodist Church)
Central City Opera House
Built by the citizens of Central City in 1878, this National Historic Landmark, has hosted performances of the nation’s fifth-oldest opera company since 1932. As the second oldest summer opera company, Central City Opera’s summer festival attracts patrons from all over the country and abroad to enjoy intimate performances in its 550-seat theater. Hear the fascinating history of this building on one of our popular tours.
The historic Teller House in Central City was once billed as the most opulent hotel west of Chicago and east of San Francisco, and early ads went so far as to claim it was the finest hotel west of the Mississippi River. The builders spared no expense in constructing and decorating this historic landmark for its 1872 grand opening. Tours of the first and second floors include the infamous Face on the Barroom Floor and the replica of the President Grant Suite that was originally on the fourth floor.
Click on the Thomas House under the Hours and Locations tab for more information on this tour.
St. James Methodist Church
St. James Methodist Church, dedicated in 1872, is the oldest operating Protestant church in Colorado. The church features beautiful stained-glass windows, Eastlake style frescoes, and an 1898 Steere pipe organ. Take a tour and learn the fascinating history of this historic church.
While in Central City tour the historic Masonic Lodge
(tours NOT conducted by the Gilpin Historical Society)
This beautiful and fascinating Lodge room, located at 111 Eureka Street, is open for tours Saturdays and Sundays Memorial Day through Labor Day and by appointment at other times. Call Cindy at 303-582-3899 to schedule a time. Proceeds benefit the Central City Masonic Lodge.
Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Labor Day-Memorial Day Weekend
Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day
All tours begin at Washington Hall, 117 Eureka Street, Central City (across the street from the Teller House).
$6 per person, per building; $5 per person, per building
if more than one building is toured. Children 12 and under free