Lets ‘Cedar Shake’ this place up. The Wolseley Opera Hall.

Lets ‘Cedar Shake’ this place up.  The Wolseley Opera Hall.

Organisation: Wolseley Heritage Foundation

Site web: http://www.wolseleyhf.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WolseleyHeritageFoundation/

À propos de cette idée de projet

The Wolseley Town Hall/ Opera House opened in 1907. This magnificent building has been and remains the centre of activity for the town of Wolseley.

The building has seen lavish dramatic performances by local actors, all manner of town meetings, graduations, dinners, dance recitals, and even hosted the likes of JOHNNY CASH in the early days of his career.

During the 1980’s this monumental building was sadly neglected.   The proverbial leaking roof severely compromised the structure to the point it was condemned and nearly met the wreckers’ ball.

Our great community rallied and between 1990 and 1993 raised funds and worked diligently to restore the Provincially Designated Heritage property to its former and current beauty.  The Wolseley Town Hall/Opera House has been featured in many heritage Canada publications, and is of great significance due to its history and its architectural style.

So now nearly 30 years have passed since the last roof repair. Our purpose for this project is to raise funds for roof replacement and make sure that the Town Hall/Opera House does not fall to the same fate as it did in the ‘80’s.  The historical cedar shake roof replacement will ensure its viability for future generations

The Town Hall/Opera House is the corner stone of our community.  Please vote and donate to the Wolseley Opera House so that there’s no dancing in the rain!!

Impact sur la communauté

The Wolseley Town Hall/ Opera House opened in 1907. This magnificent building has been and remains the centre of activity for the town of Wolseley.

The building has seen lavish dramatic performances by local actors, all manner of town meetings, graduations, dinners, dance recitals, and even hosted the likes of JOHNNY CASH in the early days of his career.

During the 1980’s this monumental building was sadly neglected.   The proverbial leaking roof severely compromised the structure to the point it was condemned and nearly met the wreckers’ ball.

Our great community rallied and between 1990 and 1993 raised funds and worked diligently to restore the Provincially Designated Heritage property to its former and current beauty.  The Wolseley Town Hall/Opera House has been featured in many heritage Canada publications, and is of great significance due to its history and its architectural style.

So now nearly 30 years have passed since the last roof repair. Our purpose for this project is to raise funds for roof replacement and make sure that the Town Hall/Opera House does not fall to the same fate as it did in the ‘80’s.  The historical cedar shake roof replacement will ensure its viability for future generations

The Town Hall/Opera House is the corner stone of our community.  Please vote and donate to the Wolseley Opera House so that there’s no dancing in the rain!!

À propos de ce lieu

In the settlement years of the West, a great optimism came upon the population, motivating them to begin a building boom.  The Wolseley Opera House/Town Hall was the result of that boom.  Construction began in 1906 using the plans of Mr. J.H.G. Russell, a prominent Winnipeg architect.  He was well known for his Romanesque style, which made abundant use of brick and rough stone.

Local brick was used in the buildings construction, but disaster struck when the brick yard was closed due to lack of clay.  The Beaver Lumber Company, (which originated in Wolseley) saved the day by bringing in train carloads of brick.  This brick was a different colour, however which led to the Wolseley Opera House/Town Hall has a distinctive two toned appearance. Our Opera House/Town Hall has loomed over more than a century of Wolseley’s history.  We are determined to keep our corner stone building for years and generations to come.

 

Pourquoi donner?

Your generous donation will be used to replace the cedar shake shingles which are starting to show their age especially on the west side of the building.  The money we raise through this campaign, along with the prize money should we be the winner, will go a very long way to pay for this extensive undertaking. If there extra money raised – rest assured- we will earmark funds for use within the Opera House/Town Hall.  We need new stage curtains, and enhancements for the kitchen that is well used during functions.

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