Revamp of Opera House comes together
STRIPPED of her ageing mouldings and interiors from a bygone era, Port Elizabeth’s grand old lady, the historic Opera House, is nearing the end of an extensive face-lift and extension.
ith most of the seating removed and scaffolding skilfully perched on the plush but worn red carpet, the theatre space is redefining her former glory.
The design and brainchild of the Port Elizabeth company, The Matrix Urban Designers and Architects CC, renovating the oldest opera house in the southern hemisphere has been no mean feat for everyone involved.
From daily construction work to project management and architectural design, the opera house presented many challenges.
After waiting nearly two years for funds from the Department of Arts and Culture, excavation finally began early last year.
Phase one of the project, costing R29-million and scheduled to be completed by September, will see a major interior and exterior upgrade, including a new custom-designed carpet and wallpaper in vibrant and creative colours.
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