Joshua Morrison/News Scaffolding towers over Main Street as the Woodward Opera House Annex enters a new phase of exterior work. The scaffolding was erected to replace some of the bricks on the front facade of the Cooper Building.


Joshua Morrison/News Traffic on Main Street in Mount Vernon moves along at night as daytime construction work proceeds on three projects in the 100 block. Scaffolding has been erected at the Woodward Opera House annex as the parapet is reconstructed to better reflect the appearance from the 1880s.


MOUNT VERNON — Hydraulic scaffolds have towered over South Main Street in front of the CB Cooper Annex building to restore the upper exterior of the building to its more picturesque late 19th century appearance seen in photographs from the time period.

The effort is to restore the appearance of the top of the building to reflect the 1880s look.

Around the 1940s, that part of the building was crowned with a fire that damaged the buildings leading up to the Woodward, but stopped short of the opera house.

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