MOUNT VERNON — Walk through the Woodward Opera House and Annex today and it is hard to believe it could be ready for a grand opening by March or to have an occupancy permit by the beginning of January.

Of course, that permit doesn’t mean businesses moving into the building are ready to open, but they can go in to finish their areas to meet their specific needs.

Some of the office suites, such as the one on the second floor to be occupied by the Zelkowitz, Barry and Cullers law firm, are “essentially done,” said Project Manager Pat Crow.

Some need flooring or carpet installed and wood trim finished.

The more you look around, the more you can see past the dust and clutter of construction and start to see the finished project emerging and realize things are further along than they seem at first glance.

The centerpiece of the project, the 500-seat theater on the third and fourth floor, still needs the stage floor installed, the stage area painted and rigging installed. Flooring needs to be reinstalled in the seating area (the original flooring was saved), the back wall and lobby finished, and the seating installed. The artwork and the frames that flanked the stage have been packaged and sent to a restoration firm in Cleveland.

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  • Joshua Morrison/News Offices are near completion on the second floor.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Offices are near completion on the second floor.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Construction materials stacked in the first floor restaurant area.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Door frames are stacked ready to be re-installed.
  • Joshua Morrison/News The ceiling of the Woodward Opera House before the scaffolding was removed.
  • Joshua Morrison/News View of the ceiling in the Opera House theater.
  • Joshua Morrison/News The hallway to the dressing room.
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  • Joshua Morrison/News The floorboards for the Woodward Opera House are stacked and ready to be re-installed.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Pipes waiting to be cut and installed.
  • Joshua Morrison/News The exterior entrance to the basement retail spaces on Vine Street.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Scaffolding was constructed in the Opera House to allow workers access to the ceiling.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Second floor offices of the Cooper Annex Building. The office will face Main Street.
  • Joshua Morrison/News A hallway between the Cooper Annex and Woodward Opera House.
  • Joshua Morrison/News The brick is the height of the Copper Annex building as it connects to the Woodward Opera House.
  • Joshua Morrison/News The shadowbox theater area.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Scaffolding was removed at the end of September.
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  • Joshua Morrison/News Just some of the pipes, conduits and hoses that make up the basement area of the Woodward Opera House.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Project Manager Pat Crow, stands in the basement area where the community kitchen will be installed.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Scaffolding in place early in September
  • Joshua Morrison/News From the stage of the Woodward Opera House.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Pat Crow, Woodward project manager, talks about the eye level of the theater area. The wood in the carts is the original floorboards which will be reinstalled.
  • Project Manager Pat Crow stands between what was once the Vine Street Barber Shop and offices. Remodeling work lead to the discovery of a door between the two Vine Street businesses.
  • Project Manager Pat Crow stands between what was once the Vine Street Barber Shop and offices. Remodeling work lead to the discovery of a door between the two Vine Street businesses.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Stefan Dedecek and Curtis McCartney of McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, Oberlin, pack two of the original paintings from the Woodward Opera House to be restored Thursday. The paintings, as well as the elaborate frames and medallions, are also scheduled to be restored in the next couple of weeks

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Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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