Johnson Hall begins exterior work of the 1864 Opera House

Phase One of the historic Opera House renovation began on August 31st

Johnson Hall staff, Board of Directors, and Capital Campaign Committee volunteers have been working tirelessly to raise the $4.9 million needed to renovate the 1864 Opera House. To date, we have just over $1 million left to raise to complete the full project.

With funding from individual donations combined with recent awards of $243,753 from REvitalize ME and $5,000 from The 1772 Foundation, exterior work, also known as Phase One of the project, has begun.

Phase one includes the repair of the exterior masonry, replacement of seven windows, restoration of 21 windows and five additional windows, and repair and repainting of the galvanized tin cornice at the top of the building.

On August 31st, the windows that are in need of repair and restoration were removed.

Things are happening and we are so excited to share our progress with you! Check back often to find out what our next step is and to share in this journey with us. #WeAreJohnsonHall and we are all here to make #GardinerThrive

Johnson Hall Park side with windows removed and boarded up

Rounded window on Mechanic Street side removed for restoration