A $30,000 grant from the Foundation to the Grainfield Opera House will assist with the installation of a new roof for the historic building.
The Opera House is home to such community events as dance camps, proms, weddings, reunions, concerts, craft fairs and blood drives. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Local volunteers operate the facility and since 1995 have worked to renovate it. Its unique architecture makes it one of only two opera houses still standing with an ornate cast iron and galvanized front made by the famous Mesker Brothers Iron Works. The St. Louis firm designed and manufactured ornamental sheet metal and cast iron storefronts from the 1880s through the mid-20th Century.
In the early days the building served as a storefront as well as a town meeting place. Over the years many businesses have occupied all three levels of the Opera House.
The Grainfield Lions Club and with many volunteers continually have been renovating the Opera House. The current roof was installed in 1997 and has been damaged by wind and hail.