The Newport Opera House Theater and Performing Arts Center begins the next phase of the restoration of the historic theater with an event observing and celebrating the installation of structural steel colums and beams.  This work launches the next phase of the construction project, and will serve as an important milestone in the work on Newport’s historic Opera House Theater.

On Monday, November 21, 2016, four structural steel columns will be lifted by cranes over the building and inserted into four openings in the existing roof of the Opera House Theater.  Each column is over 35 feet long and weighs over 5 tons. Due to the size of the columns, a special crane is required that has capabilities of lifting the steel columns 80 feet high to insert into the building.

The pre-construction phase, which included removal of the old annex; abatement work;  pouring of foundations for the new steel columns; and removal of the stage, walls and staircases (all in keeping the historic elements of the theater) is now complete.  Installation of the columns and beams begins the next phase of construction and allows renovation and restoration work to proceed on an accelerated basis.  The beams will also set the stage for the top floor to be rebuilt, and provide for a glassed-in atrium, a rooftop terrace and landscaped gardens.

Once columns and beams are installed, work will continue rapidly on a number of fronts as we plan for opening in the 150th Anniversary year of the original opening of the Opera House Theater in 1867.

The observing of the installation and celebration ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 am, across the square from the Newport Opera House Theater, 19 Touro Street, Newport (viewing area is along the fence on the North side of Washington Square).

During this process Touro Street will be closed from Thames to Clarke Street.

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