Dothan Opera House Undergoing Repairs

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

Dothan's historic opera house is undergoing major repairs.

A $127,000 dollar roofing project is underway and is expected to be finished by the end of this month.

It has been about 15 years since any major work has been done to Dothan's old opera house, and now, it’s getting a new roof.

This is just phase one of the city's plan for the future of the building.

General Services Director Larry Muench said, “Phase two involves interior repairs, repainting the ceiling, inside plasters, and other areas that need it. You may recall several months ago we had a flood; we made temporary repairs on the water line and now we are permanently going to redo the fire line in the building."

The second part was just recently approved.

It, along with phase one has been made possible by Pennies for Progress.

During the reconstruction phases, the building will be completely shut down.

Muench added, "We have blocked out from mid June to mid September; we're not booking any events in the opera house so repair work can be done without conflict."

There will be a phase three if additional funding can be provided, which will consist of repairs to the exterior doors and windows.

Friends of the Opera House is an organization that dedicates their time to help revitalize the building.

Sandy Fischer, with Friends of the Opera House said, "We encourage everyone to at least come down and visit once and see what its all about. They'd be very impressed. After all, this is a gem of Dothan."

The opera house is Dothan's second oldest building and the city has been doing everything in their power to preserve it.

In the late 70s when the civic center was built, city officials were considering tearing down the opera house to provide more parking spaces.

It was saved, and since then, the building, which was constructed in 1915, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you are interested in donating to help keep performing arts alive at the opera house, you can call the public information office at 615-3117.

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