Reminiscent of the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon on the grounds of Versailles near Paris, both acclaimed for their artful expression of sublime simplicity; in French and Spanish the word suggests a special place ~ pleasant surroundings, beauty and balance.

Built originally as a house of worship for the Christian Assembly by accomplished architect, William Binder, in 1923, the theatre’s main auditorium possesses excellent acoustics, an antique organ and seats approximately 350. Binder took inspiration for design of the building from Le Petit Trianon, the miniature chateau on the palace grounds of Versailles, which was built in 1761 for Madame de Pompadour, favorite of King Louis XV. The building has been said to be the best example of classic architecture in the city and still looks exactly as Binder designed it in 1923.

The current owner, Keith Watt, purchased the property in 1982 to serve as the headquarters of Mother Olson’s Inn. He has since refurbished this gem of a building and renamed it Le Petit Trianon Theatre to reflect the architectural design and current function as a theatre.


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