Frank Bumb | Index-Journal
ABBEVILLE - The Abbeville Opera House is closing in on completion of its Phase 2 repairs. The repairs will replace the current asphalt, tar and rubber roof with standing steel seam roofing over the auditorium and seating portions of the opera house.
"This is an investment in a building that is very much a landmark in Abbeville," Abbeville City Manager David McCuen said. "It's a key part of our downtown area and attracts tourists and visitors from across the country."
The project is a continuation of a covenant with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Through that agreement, Phase 1 of the renovations to the Abbeville Opera House were completed in early 2012. That section repaired the roof above the City Hall offices. The Phase 2 work - contracted to Meadors Construction, of Charleston - is slated for completion by the end of December. Phase 3 does not yet have a timetable but will replace the roofing over the opera house's stage area.
"Right now we're doing some interior work in the opera house area as well," McCuen said. "Just to stabilize the ceiling in that area but that's a small piece of the project."
McCuen said the interior construction was timed for a four to five week break in the opera house's schedule of shows.
McCuen said the roofing project was done to be proactive, as the previous roof was renovated in the 1990s, and had reached the end of its 20-year lifespan.
"This new roof is meant to last for 60-plus years," McCuen said. "And that's really the minimum. It can go much longer than that."
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