The Preservation League of New York State has awarded a Technical Assistance Grant to a group engaged in the stewardship and public use of a historic building in Chenango County. A $3,000 grant to the Earlville Opera House will support the cost of an engineering structural analysis of the National Register-listed performing arts venue.
Constructed in 1892, the opera house has hosted a variety of entertainment and is now operated by a not-for-profit organization. Earlville Opera House Inc. has been responsible for the restoration and continued operation of the facility since the 1970s.
According to a media release from the Preservation League, “the Opera House is one of few remaining examples of a building type that was once common in the area. However, the lack of climate control requires that the theater be closed during cold weather. In addition, dramatic seasonal changes in temperature and humidity are taking a toll on the auditorium’s wood floor, upholstered seating and plaster walls, as well as a 1893 Chickering baby grand piano.”
The grant funds will support an engineering study to guide the installation of an energy-efficient heating and cooling system.
“We are deeply grateful for this opportunity to begin the next step for this historic building that was once almost torn down and turned into a parking lot,” said Patti Lockwood-Blais, executive director of the opera house. “The study will help us to plan changes that will greatly expand the programming that we can offer the community.”