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Opera House Restoration Projects Completed
By Al Thorleifson
Restoration Projects Completed
It has been quite a while since the hail storm of 2018, but repair work and restoration on the Manitou Opera House as a result of this storm led the Foundation to recognize the need to complete several other projects, as well.
The initial concern was the replacement of the entire shingle roof. Hail damage to the shingles which had been installed in 2016 required a complete change over. This was accomplished in the summer of 2019. Damage to the siding and storm windows required replacement of four storm windows and the painting of the exterior of the building – hail had in many places scraped the paint off the siding and gouged the wood.
The Foundation also undertook to replace the two north doors with fir replacements – exact copies of the original 1930 doors.
The final door to be replaced, the balcony fire escape door, has now also been replaced and included installation of modern panic hardware.
Interior work included the refinishing of the auditorium maple hardwood flooring and the fir flooring in the basement kitchen.
Thanks for the Support
These projects have been supported by the insurance policy held by Pembina Municipality and hard work by the dedicated volunteers and fundraisers of the Manitou Opera House Foundation. The Foundation would also like to thank the Manitoba Government for their support of these projects through the Building Sustainable Communities Grant program.