1907 Historic Batcher Block Opera House
418 2nd Ave. NE, Staples, MN
3 Story Historic Brick Building Located Downtown
30,500 Sq. Ft.
9,000 Sq. Ft. Main Floor/Retail Office Space
Large Storefront Windows
11,500 Cars Passing By Per Day 3 Sides of Building have Hwy 10 View
30 Rooms for Sleeping or Rental: 15 on 2nd Floor, 15 on 3rd Floor
Second Floor Original Ticket Booth
Catering Rooms with Plumbing
13,000 Sq. Ft. Off-Street Paved Parking Lot
6 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Shower Room New Plumbing
5,000 Sq. Ft. of Original Hardwood Floors Restored
Second Floor and Stairwell Carpeting/ Woodwork/Stained Glass all replaced in 2006
Beautiful Skylight over Main Stairwell
New Glass in 90% of Windows
Original Fresco Painting
City Water & Sewage
Heat/Air New In Lobby and New York Room
New Water Heater on Main Floor
New Water Main in Basement/Sprinkler System Ready
Full Basement, Divided into 4 Sections (Each Section 25 x 90)
Large Balcony with Original Theatre Seats
Combined Height from Floor to Ceiling is 2 Stories
Original Fresco Painted Walls
Large Stage with Original Lighting and Switchboard
2 Wall Theatre Boxes Overlooking the Opera Hall
Restored Original Wood Floors
Small Cities Grant Money May be Available for Upgrades!
Working with the Minnesota State Historical Society, this Property May be Eligible for Historical Grants/Loans/Tax Credits. Minnesota Legacy Funding is Also Eligible to the New Owners if They Choose to Keep the Listing on the National Register.
MULTI FUNCTIONAL BUILDING! Great Opportunity for Retail Space, Businesses, Developers, Non-Profit Organizations, Art/Music Studios, Nursing Homes, Housing Facilities and More
New Owners may continue restoration with the National
Historical Register for Historical Grants/Tax Credit opportunities or the Property can be converted outside the Register.
Building History: The 1907 All Original Batcher Block Opera House Theatre area contains the original Fresco painted walls, a large stage, and balcony seating. Seating Capacity Theater Style is 700. In 2004 it was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The current owners brought life back to the building in 2003, re-opening for performances like Louie Anderson, Mickey Rooney and Lamont Cranston. They have given over 10,000 tours and held over 60 shows and private events. The main floor was an existing Antique Mall with over 25 dealers and 7,000 Sq. Ft. of retail. The second and third floors had apartments occupied until the new ownership, at which time it was used as rental space for the local Historical Museum.
AUCTION MANNER OF SALE: Sealed bids will be accepted by Maas Companies. Sealed Bid offers must be accompanied by a first non-refundable deposit of $20,000 along with a fully completed and notarized Bidder Kit. Bids must be delivered via traceable courier to Maas Companies Inc at 6923 10th Ave. SW, Rochester, MN 55902 (507) 285-1444. All bids are subject to Sellers acceptance. At no time may Bidders revoke their Sealed Bid Offers; deposit monies will be returned to non-winning bidders. The Sealed Bid Auction process is binding and offers are non-revocable. Buyers should request and thoroughly review all documents prior to submitting a sealed bid offer.
Monday, August 29 noon 5:00 pm
Tuesday, September 6 noon 5:00 pm
Monday, September 19 noon 5:00 pm
Other times by Appointment
Recent Features about the Opera House:
KSTP On the Road
Other Information about the Property:
Colleen's Story (video)
Staples Economic Development Authority
Her Voice Article
Broker Participation is welcome but not required. A 3% commission will be paid to the licensed broker who, 1 hour prior to the start of the auction, registers the bidder who pays for and settles for the real estate. A broker buying on his/her behalf, or on behalf of any business entity in which he/she hold an interest, is not entitled to a commission.