Charles Goss moved to Watertown in the late 19th century and built a large store on the corner of Kemp Avenue and Maple Street. When that building was destroyed by a fire in April 1888, Mr. Goss immediately set about replacing it with the building we know and love today.
The doors of the building were opened once again in the spring of 1889, and the Goss became a bustling hub of community activity. Audiences filled seats for music and theater productions as well as community events. Box seats and a beautiful serpentine balcony, still intact today, overlooked a magnificent stage with superb acoustics.
The vibrant space slowly went dark after the Depression in the 1930s, and by the late 1950s, it became a largely forgotten part of our history.
A major renovation project began in 2008 to restore the Goss theater to prominence. On Dec. 31, 2018, the newly formed Friends of the Goss Opera House, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, purchased the building with the intent of making the Goss a bustling hub of community activity once again.
Because of the vision of Charles Goss and the commitment of our community, the Goss Opera House remains the heart of downtown Watertown.
“Thanks now to the Friends of the Goss Opera House the plan is in place to complete the structural restoration and interior decorating making the Goss Opera House the prestigious venue it deserves to be. My wife Pam shares my passion for this project, and I am proud that Pam and I have been asked to sit as honorary co-chairs of this organization. We encourage everyone to support this historic restoration bringing Watertown’s past into a prominent position in Watertown’s future for generations to come.”
SHERWIN & PAM LINTON,
Campaign Honorary Chairpersons
The Friends of the Goss Opera House are committed to restoring and sustaining Watertown’s last remaining opera house; providing our community with rich entertainment and beautiful event space in an authentic historic building.