Antoinette Hall​

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Center for the Arts

Opera House built in 1868 on the historic square in Pulaski, Tennessee

The first telephone office for Giles County was located on the corner of First and Madison streets on the Pulaski square. It was on the second floor adjacent to and just south of Antoinette Hall in the office annex area to the Opera House from ca. 1884 until around 1895. See the position of the telephone office on the Historic Maps page. For a history of the telephone system in Giles County, click here.

Pulaski Citizen, Nov. 11, 1868

Antoinette Hall's Architecture

The end of Antoinette Hall nearest the square. The curved balconies feature panel work and are supported by delicate columns. 

Two stairways 7' 3" wide will lead to the magnificent hall in the second story. We have seen a drawing representing the interior of the hall, and we feel no hesitancy in saying that in point of accessibility and easy exit from, in point of convenience of arrangement, elegance of finish, capacity, ventilation and style of architecture, it will have no superior this side of Cincinnati. 

​– description of the plan for the building from The Pulaski Citizen in 1868

The architecture of Antoinette Hall's interior is highlighted in this music video.

The ceiling will be 34' high, arched and frescoed in the most modern style, while each end of the building will contain six large windows, and on each end of the roof, three large dormer windows and in the center of the roof a ventilator. The hall will be 41' wide by 80' in the clear, 20' of which will be occupied by a model stage and private boxes. The floor at the rear will be elevated 4' to a level with the stage and supplied with settees after the style of those in the Masonic Hall in Nashville. Capable of seating 500 people exclusive of galleries, the whole building will be fireproof, lit by gas and supplied with water from a large cistern in the rear.

– description of the plan for the building from The Pulaski Citizen in 1868

The National Register of Historic Places listing for the Pulaski Courthouse Square Historic District includes Antoinette Hall.