Joshua Morrison/News The Woodward Opera House will host its first performance since the 1920s tonight after years of planning and work by the Woodward Development Corp. America’s oldest authentic 19th century opera house was refurbished to look like it did in the 1800s when performers like Dan Emmett took the stage. David Holt and Josh Goforth will take the stage tonight at 7 p.m. with their show, “Carolina Heroes.”

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The Woodward Opera House will host its first performance since the 1920s tonight after years of planning and work by the Woodward Development Corp. America’s oldest authentic 19th century opera house was refurbished to look like it did in the 1800s when performers like Dan Emmett took the stage. David Holt and Josh Goforth will take the stage tonight at 7 p.m. with their show, “Carolina Heroes.”

 

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  • Joshua Morrison/News The airspace above the Woolson Co. is an area of contention between owners of the Woolson Co. and the Woodward Development Corp. A lawsuit was filed in Knox County Common Pleas Court this week accusing the Woodward of trespassing.
  • Joshua Morrison/News On Thursday, construction workers from Modern Builders created a hole in the sidewalk on West Vine Street for street access to the retail spaces in the basement of Woodward Opera House. In the early history of the building, consumers had access to basement-level businesses from the sidewalk.
  • Joshua Morrison/News On Wednesday, a new awning was hung above the entrance to the Alcove Restaurant and Lounge. In the background, a scaffolding was erected on the front of the Woodward Opera House Annex, closing the sidewalk beneath.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 Members of the Woodward Development Corp., including Larry Grindle, Sandy Crow, Chuck Kindle, Douglas Leonard, Ann Laudeman and Pat Crow, watch as Kurt Waller, Scott Hepburn and Eric Aubihl place a capstone on the center gable of the CB Cooper Building on Tuesday afternoon. The original gables were damaged or destroyed by a fire during the 1940s.
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  • Joshua Morrison/News Scaffolding in place early in September
  • Joshua Morrison/News Door frames are stacked ready to be re-installed.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Construction materials stacked in the first floor restaurant area.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Offices are near completion on the second floor.
  • Joshua Morrison/News The floorboards for the Woodward Opera House are stacked and ready to be re-installed.
  • 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 exterior entrance to the basement retail spaces on Vine Street.
  • 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.
  • Joshua Morrison/News The ceiling of the Woodward Opera House before the scaffolding was removed.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Scaffolding was constructed in the Opera House to allow workers access to the ceiling.
  • 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 The Woodward Opera House on South Main Street is taking shape in the final stages of the rehabilitation project.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Restoration of the Woodward Opera House theater continues with risers being built into the balcony for stadium seating. Work continues on the main floor area which will not only provide seating for shows but can serve as convention space.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Work continues in the main stage area of the Woodward Opera House.
  • Joshua Morrison/News The Blackbox Theater, located on the fourth floor of the Woodward Opera House.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Restoration of the Woodward Opera House theater continues with risers being built into the balcony for stadium seating. Work continues on the main floor area which will not only provide seating for shows but can serve as convention space.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Work is complete on the crest and emblems above the chandelier in the Woodward Opera House.
  • Joshua Morrison/News The chandelier in the Woodward Opera House theater is hoisted into place Thursday afternoon. The $25,000 lighting fixture is a replica of a gas lamp believed to be original to the building.

 

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