Joshua Morrison/News The entire theater area of the Woodward Opera House is filled with scaffolding as work continues on the building. This photo was taken from the stage, showing the balcony area on the east side of the theater.
Josh Morrison/News Woodward Opera House project manager Pat Crow stands beside plaster ceiling molding in the Woodward theater. The molding is an original feature of the theater, restored using historic methods.
Joshua Morrison/News
Joshua Morrison/News
Joshua Morrison/News


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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