What a year! Thanks to all of you!
2018 was a big year for our Tabor Opera House and Leadville, you made it happen! Victory is sweet, with your first place win in the Partners In Preservation contest we competed in thanks to our Leadville Main Street partner. You won for us $150,000 for our rehabilitation, and a $10,000 kicker to our Main Street partner to help them grow and help other Main Street projects. Then there was the $500,000 Save America’s Treasures grant from the National Park Service! We are hunting for our cash match for that now, so that we can start construction next fall.
Yes, you read that right—fall of 2019 is our target start date for tackling the rehabilitation. We’ve planned a $1.5 million initial project to address the crumbling masonry, damaged windows and broken chimneys of the west and south facades.
We also gathered the $316,000 needed for the architecture and engineering project that will guide the overall project and kicked that project off this fall. Watch this space for news of community feedback sessions as we work our way through the design schematics, architectural drawings and construction documents in partnership with the State Historical Fund ($200,000 grant) and City of Leadville. Raising the cash match was a huge lift for our small community, but you came through, as individual donors backed as well by institutions like the LT100 Legacy Foundation, Leadville Literary League (“Calender Girls of Leadville”), Leadville Arts Coalition, Lifetime Fitness leaders and friends, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Heritage Partnerships Program.
For our second year in operation since the City of Leadville purchased the building, we hosted fifteen diverse and varied performances, from Porchlight Players community theater put on by our neighbors up the road in Eagle, to local favorite Hazel Miller, from Steel Wheels to Craig Childs. We look forward to bringing you another great season next summer, so watch this space for news!
We made progress on our temporary heater project, going through a lengthy bidding and contracting process to select a team for asbestos remediation in our furnace room. We hope to have that complete this spring, at last. We also tackled some smaller but nagging problems—refinishing our stage, adding lights, adding fire safety gear, upgrading our website, adding space heaters below in the dressing rooms (so performers don’t turn blue from cold while waiting to go on) and upgrading our light and sound tech gear. (Thank you LCCF, Boom Days Committee, Community Bank and the individual donors who helped on the tech gear!) We’re writing grants to restore our historic theater drops, and assembling a team of volunteers to help us inventory and arrange our museum to better show it off. We have a list a mile long of things we want to do, and we’ll keep charging forward on that list with your help.
If you would like to help us as a volunteer, make sure we have your name on our volunteer list (see volunteer page). If you would like to support our operations so we can afford better and grander performances, or support the rehabilitation effort, please donate directly online or by mailing a check (see donate page). We need all the help we can get! And we thank you for your magnificent support this past year, for our events, for fundraising and for participating as volunteers and donors in Team Tabor.
We wish you all the very best for the holiday season and a wonderful and prosperous 2019.
A Showcase of the Past, a Stage for the Future
Enjoy Our Events
In our inaugural 2017 season, we offered live community theater, opera, jazz, blues, folk-rock, a community talent show, a songwriter showcase and a Non-Profits Night Out gala. 2018 offered new delights, from theater, rock, blues, spoken word, poetry and Cowboy Church. Check out our 2019 schedule, coming soon!
Support Our Rehabilitation
You voted and helped us win $150,000 for the rehabilitation by voting every day in October for our project at VoteYourMainStreet/Leadville Learn more about this amazing preservation program here. Yes, you did it, Leadville, and won us first place and a great start to our rehabilitation fundraising.
The city of Leadville, Colorado purchased the historic Tabor Opera House in 2016 with grants received from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, History Colorado State Historical Fund, El Pomar Foundation, Boettcher Foundation and Gates Family Foundation. The opera house is now under the management of The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation, which has embarked on a mission to preserve and rehabilitate the building and create a cultural and community center in Leadville.
Volunteer With Us
Do you love the Tabor Opera House and want to help, but don't have a million dollars to donate? Then volunteer! As a volunteer-run organization, we need all the help we can get. Get in touch and share your time and talents.
Explore Our History
The Tabor Opera House is more than a gorgeous historic Italianate opera house built in a hundred days by scandalously divorced silver baron Horace Tabor. Learn about our history as a building and as a newly re-organized foundation.