Fredonia Opera House touts improvements

OBSERVER Photos by M.J. Stafford The Fredonia Opera House marquee is lit up Friday during an event touting recent projects completed at the facility.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center touted four recently completed projects at a Friday morning event.

The new two-piece marquee, one of the completed projects, was officially lit for the first time. The projects also include:

• Restoration of 67 windows in the theatre, reconstructing the sashes and replacing the glass with 1/4-inch thick laminated glass, improving the windows’ energy efficiency and sound insulation. Along with the window replacement came the installation of new window treatments inside the theatre;

• Upgrades and improvements to the Opera House HVAC system, including the installation of a new, larger chiller; and

• Remodeling and expanding the public restrooms in the basement of the Village Hall, bringing them fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) code for wheelchair access. In addition, motion-controlled LED lighting was installed to increase energy efficiency.

The projects were funded with a grant from the state. The grant has funded $841,000 in work so far.

“This project, along with the Barker Commons project, are an excellent example of how we are bringing Fredonia back to its historic excellence,” Fredonia Mayor Doug Essek said.

See tomorrow’s edition for complete coverage.


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