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Historic Structure of
Gosport Opera House Renovation
Gosport is a town in Owen County,
Indiana, pop. 715. Here are some photos of the very extensive facade
restoration John McFarlane made to the old opera house on the town's
Writes Mr. McFarlane: "I enjoyed looking over your site.
I own this building in Gosport. I thought that it may be of interest if
you want to include photos and or text for your site. Look at the album
and check out the photos toward the end which depict the facade
restoration I undertook. If it helps inspire, then lets do it."
Congratulations to Mr. McFarlane on the remarkable work
he has done with this building. He had a formidable job to get it into
some sort of semblance of its original appearance. John had to remove
stucco that was plastered over the original brickwork and repair other
damage. At least the original storefront woodworking had not been
These pictures give a fascinating look into the process
of building restoration. We thank John McFarlane for offering these
photos to the site.
All stuccoed and glass blocked. Front / Rear.
Rear of building.
Main Street, Gosport.
Early snapshots of streetscape.
Removing the first pieces of stucco.
Stucco all peeled off.
Kenny Moore, Mason. We began pointing brick from
the top down and replaced many damaged bricks. Note that Cornice
brackets have not yet been installed (replacements) and corbels are
still shown shorn-off as we found them..
Pointing up the deteriorated mortar joints. Dave
ponders the replacement of a missing keystone. It was lost sometime
Roof structure of main building.
Replacing the corbels. These had been shorn off in
the 40s to make way for the metal lathe and stucco...
Facade restoration. Inside and out. I was replacing
the 12' window jambs seen on floor in foreground. Jambs are 2x10
construction and strengthened the facade even more.
Jambs and trim in place.
Rebuilt window on side wall.
East Retail unit.
Hecker Design Studio moved in.
Opera House Antiques moved in.
Dining area cabinets.
Poplar floor. Those high ceilings give a wonderful
impression of bigness to the interior.
Looking to dining area.
Gas fireplace and mantle.
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