Project Overview


COMPLETE - Reinforced all roof trusses. Installed beams to elevate roof slightly to re-introduce the soffit overhang, fascia, and gutters; installed new high quality raised seam Kynar finished galvanized metal roof; stabilized two masonry walls.


1st Floor Woodward - Retail Rehabilitation & Building Stabilization

COMPLETE - Installed new water service, electric service, rewired renovated areas, HVAC systems; Reinforced floor joist structures; Rehabilitated three interior first story retail stores and brought all portions up to current codes. This also includes part of Phase 9 with the Local Food Program which opened the retail portion of the store at the end of 2012.


Abatement (2006-2007)

COMPLETE - Asbestos removal was completed in 2006.  The remainder of Phase 3 is also complete (2007), which included, but was not limited to: complete removal of Lead Base Paint (LBP) from exterior Woodward masonry; and the restoration of the exterior portion of the Woodward window frames and sashes, exterior window hoods, exterior masonry (repointing) and decorative brackets and wood trim in the soffit areas.


Partial Second Floor Restoration

IN PROCESS - The second floor restoration was 50% completed (3000 sf) in 2012 to accommodate the offices of the Woodward Development Corp. and the Knox County Convention & Vistors Bureau as part of the sequencing of the final project completion. As part of this effort, the third story floor/second story ceiling was reinforced for final structural requirements.  Reproductions of wallpaper found in the Woodward were completed and hung in the second floor office spaces in December of 2013.


Theater Restoration & Annex Expansion

The interior of the theater will be authentically restored. Additional structure will be added to the facility in the rear portion of the annex building permitting access to the stage area, adding arts supports space, and permitting the addition of accessible elevators and required stairwells. The theater will be operational when Phase 4 is complete.

Annex Rehabilitation

This phase will result in a completed Annex, except for certain basement area spaces. Reconfiguration of restaurant spaces, and construction of lobby storefronts.

Woodward 2nd Floor and Storefront Restoration

This phase will result in the completion of the Woodward Building historic storefronts and restored historic interiors on the second story and mezzanine levels.

Historic Annex Offices Restoration

The Annex will have restored interior office spaces.

Basement Retail and Areaways Restoration

Both the Opera House and the Annex will feature operational basement retail areas with restored exterior areaways and storefronts.

Local Food Program

A portion of the retail and basement space will be used to provide a grocery store, food processing facility, and a full service kitchen.  A portion of this phase has been initiated with the opening of the grocery store in December 2012.


Contact Information

The Woodward Opera House,

107 South Main Street
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

(740) 392-6102
(800) 837-5282

[email protected]


Engage arts and community leadership to authentically restore the Woodward Opera House into a fully functional theater operation, develop the overall Woodward facility into a contemporary self-sustaining arts center for community interaction, become a catalyst for excellence in education, encourage civic engagement, and enrich the quality of life in the Mount Vernon ~ Knox County, Ohio area.