It's amazing to me that there's something like this Metropolitan Opera House in Grand Forks. This building is directly across the river in the downtown area, and the city strongly pushed to restore the building after much destruction from the 1997 flood.
The building (described as being of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1890 as the finest performing theater in the upper Midwest. Now it's been turned into apartments and lofts.
The restoration of the Metropolitan Opera House was highlighted in an episode of Bob Vila’s “Restore America” program on the Home & Garden Television Network!
What I personally remember is that there used to be a store just down the block from this that was an old cafe. All along the walls were little framed displays of pencils. Hundreds and hundreds of pencils. I believe they were just random pencils that the owner decided to. . . well. . . . frame! My husband and I had one of our first dates here back in 1978! :)
I also want to thank all of you for the outpouring of support you've given me in the past days, watching and monitoring the rising Red River. I'm pleased to report that tonight the river stands at 48.44 feet, and declining. Unfortunately, tonight, the National Weather Service reports that the 2nd crest, expected around April 16th (3 days after my flood insurance kicks in :) ) will match or exceed the crest of 49.5 feet. And we have a 10% chance of reaching 56'!
This is what 54.4 feet did to us in 1997. BUT we have flood walls to 60 feet, possibly 63 feet, now. And I'm so very, very glad that the photo posted above includes a "dry" street, and not one like these again.