Over the decades, the C.L. Hoover Opera House has undergone several restorations to maintain the building. One of these restorations involved replacing the original window sash with an aluminum clad replacement window. As is the case with replacement units, the new windows altered the look of the building.
Re-View was called upon to bring the historic wood windows back to their original state. We used several original windows that remained in the building as the basis of design to fabricate replica window sash. Our carpenters discovered the original frames located behind the replacement windows and restored the wood jambs, sills, and brickmould.
As you can see from some of the pictures taken before our work, arched double hung windows were replaced with a fixed arched frame. Re-View fabricated the arched double hung replica sash and installed the sash into the original frame so the unit would operate just as it did on opening night.
The sash were made from mahogany for durability. We applied a factory finish to the exterior and stained the interior. The sash have a Low E insulated glass for energy efficiency. This glass is set into the sash so it can be replaced if it is broken or the seal fails.
Re-View’s work successfully restored the Opera House back to its architectural grandeur. The restored and replicated windows will assure that this landmark stands the test of time.
History of the C.L. Hoover Opera House
The C.L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City, Kansas has been a vibrant cultural landmark since 1882. In 1898 the Opera House was ravaged by a fire, but the community rallied and restored the building. The Opera House continues to function as an active entertainment venue to this day.