MOUNT VERNON — Original windows and walls in the Woodward Opera House project present a challenge that is unique to historic preservation projects.
Whatever is original has to be retained, as per Ohio Historic Preservation Office guidelines. That means the old doors, flooring, and other materials original to the structure have to stay in place, though they can be removed to be restored.
Loren Phillips, project manager for Woodward general contractor Modern Builders, said the project has had contractors on the job you will only see in historic preservation jobs. Recently, Pymer Plastering, out of Columbus, started on the old walls, using processes that predate drywall.
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