Interior view of Leadville, Colorado's Tabor Opera House stage on opening night, November 20, 1879 for the play "The Serious Family," which was the theater's first production.

(Photo: Courtesy of Lake County Public Library Colorado Mountain History Collection)

The State of Colorado awarded the city of Leadville a grant to help acquire the historic Tabor Opera House in Leadville. That project is one of 40 to receive historic preservation funding. The state grants announced Wednesday total just over $4 million.

The Opera House in Leadville was built by silver magnate Horace Tabor in 1879. It’s one of the few opulent, 19th century opera houses still existing in the state.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Colorado would acquire the Tabor Opera House. The grant money will help the city of Leadville acquire the building.