Discover the Fascinating History of the National Opera House and Support its Future.
The mission of the National Opera House is to restore and maintain the historic house at 7101 Apple Street in Pittsburgh PA. Through this preservation we continue a legacy of creative excellence that nurtures talent and widens access to opportunities.
A historic and architectural landmark
The community on lost history.
A cultural institution in the community
Application For The Woogie $10,000 Fund is Open
The Woogie $10,000 Fund is available to small business owners and non-profit organizations in the U.S. This $10,000.00 Woogie grant aims to continue Woogie’s generosity with small businesses and non-profits in communities across the nation. The Woogie Grant will be awarded to 1 qualified small business owner and/or a non-profit organization. The deadline to apply for the grant is December 15, 2023.APLLY NOW
Built in 1894, the Queen Anne–style mansion served during the 1940s and ’50s as the headquarters of the National Negro Opera Company—the longest-running Black opera company in the country—and the home of its founder, Mary Cardwell Dawson, an opera singer and educator whose students included the jazz pianist and composer Ahmad Jamal. For decades the house was a haven and cultural hub for Black luminaries.
Rebuild the Opera House
Your donations help us to preserve a monumental piece of American history and support the cultural life of the community for future generations. By contributing, you also enable us to offer educational and cultural opportunities for local residents.