Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hopes dashed for Grand Opera House to reopen in fall

Link to April 28 Oshkosh Northwestern article.

Excerpt: Progress on uncovering and repairing damage has been slowed as the Wisconsin Historical Society requested the city find a way to determine if cherub angels, originally painted on the plaster ceiling in the 1880s, are salvageable under layers of paint. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the state society governs changes that could impact its historical nature.

Those angels were covered by black paint when the Grand was used to show adult films in the 1970s. An artist painted the cherubs currently on the atrium ceiling during the 1980s renovation.

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