Restoration of the historic Grainfield Opera House is being furthered by a $5,000 grant from the Foundation.
The Opera House was originally constructed in 1887. Today it is used for a variety of purposes, including dance camps and recitals. As continued renovations occur, the building will be more available for community events, private party rentals and for expanded theater arts programing.
The grant from the Hansen Foundation will provide more than a third of the funding needed to complete a new concrete floor in the basement of the Opera House, a portion of which still has the original dirt floor. The dirt creates issues including dampness and a musty smell, as well as dust permeating items that are stored in the basement. The project will also include replacing a temporary staircase with a safer, permanent one.
Once the project is completed, the basement will be a better, cleaner place to display some of the antiques and memorabilia stored there, allowing them to be seen during tours of the historic building.
Support from the Grainfield Lions Club and Opera House funds will provide the balance of the cost of the new floor and stairwell. Volunteer labor will be used for part of the work.
For more information on the Grainfield Opera House project, please contact Herbert Queen, 785-673-5585.