|Edgar mentions in
his historical reminiscences that Robert J.
Skinner "also built a large three-story
building on Market Street, known for many years
as Skinner's New Building." And because we
know from the "Aunt Lida" letter that
Robert J. Skinner had an "appreciation of
music and drama", it makes perfect sense
that Thomas Buchanan Read, artist and poet, would
take part in a play given in the large hall of
this building by the Thespian Society.
Although the building
doesn't look like much at the time the photograph
was made, I'm sure it was a very fine building in
it's day because Mr. Edgar thought fit to mention
it in his historical account of Dayton.