What an exciting time for the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation and its friends. We have assisted the Tabor Opera House in a new security system, framing of 100 plus year old play bills, restoring the leading ladies and leading man’s dressing rooms, and donating literally thousands of hours of volunteer labor. We received the donation of the original Knabe Grand Piano that was on the Opera House’s stage in the 1880’s. The piano has been used several times!
On May 22, 2007 we received notification that the Foundation had been awarded a grant for $10,000 from the National Park Service. The grant is to be used for the construction documents for the restoration of the exterior envelope (bricks, mortar, cornices, windows, etc). Historical Assessment architects of Hoehn Architects PC will produce these documents. The cost is $23,500 of which we have $12,000 already procured through the grant and a private donation.
We are confident that the friends of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation will step forward and donate the remaining $11,000. The work is scheduled to commence in late 2007 and the documents will be in hand by the summer of 2008. Then we will be contacting granting organizations and friends of the TOHPF to raise the money to restore the entire exterior of this grand building. Our goal for phase 1 completion is the summer of 2009 or 2010!
Thank you for your donation! Please stop and see all the improvements at the Historic Tabor Opera House. The stores and front entry glow, the digitized tour presentation is fantastic and “Tabor’s Second Story Museum” is now open to the public thanks to the leadership of Sharon Bland, owner, and our volunteers. These are exciting days and your donation will become a part of the great history of this magnificent building.
Board of Directors of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation