Construction progress continues on schedule, and it’s really at a pretty impressive point. Were you to climb the scaffold to the “dance floor” (a work platform that spans the entire auditorium, 7 feet below the ceiling line), you’d find the rafters completely exposed, as the deficient ceiling plaster and framing has been completely removed. The … Continue reading Repair Update- January 3
This past week I got a rare opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the ceiling at The Grand. In preparation for the work to come, contractors have now finished the work platform in the auditorium. Basically, it’s a scaffold system that covers the entire auditorium and creates a working space about eight feet or so below … Continue reading Dancing On (actually, under) the Ceiling
The title doesn’t refer to the theatre being unoccupied. I’ve been in that sort of empty theatre many times, and I find it a great place to reflect and re-energize. No, the empty I refer to is the currently empty Grand Opera House, where the seats, draperies, fixtures, have all been removed in preparation for … Continue reading Reflections on the Empty Theatre
Well, the bids are open, and now we know- between 1.4 and 1.7 million for the major portion of the repair work to The Grand. $500,000 of this total will be provided through a state capital budget appropriation, by virtue of The Grand's significance as the oldest operating theatre building in the state (and with … Continue reading Take nothing for granted! Make sure you are heard!
The bids for repair work at The Grand will be opened on July 29. At that point, they will be reviewed by city staff and the project engineer, and City Manager Rohloff will make his recommendation to the Oshkosh Common Council on August 11. I hear words of encouragement from all walks of life-- from … Continue reading Bids will be opened on July 29- then on to the Common Council