(CORNING) In the early 1900’s, Opera Houses were a majestic icon in communities small and large throughout the world. Today, only few Opera Houses have survived through the years and one of them is located in Corning, Iowa.
A group of volunteers who make up the Board of Directors of the Corning Opera House Cultural Center acquired the building located on the corner of 8thand Davis a little over ten years ago and began the process of restoring the building to its former beauty.
Nancy Carmichael, Chair of the Corning Opera House Cultural Center Board, said when they received the building they were met with many challenges.
“One of them being the fact that there were natural spotlights on the stage, so that meant that there were lots of holes in the roof,” said Carmichael. “One of the first things that we ended up having to do was to try and stabilize the building by putting a different roof on and we’ve done several other pieces and projects to make the building stabilized so that we could go out and seek funding and get to the point that we are at today.”
Carmichael says now they look forward to opening the building back up to the public in the near future.
“Once we’re complete we will have a community facility that will have meeting rooms and will be available for, not only local theatre productions, but also for meetings of various sizes,” explained Carmichael. “The seating on the main floor of the Opera House is removable seating so we can host things like wedding receptions and weddings and family reunions, those types of activities, besides the theatrical.”
A completion date has been targeted for February 2012.
(Photo from the Corning Opera House Facebook Page)