Photos: Salvaging wood from Maine’s oldest opera house

Renovations to Johnson Corridor Undertaking Arts Middle, deemed the state’s oldest opera residence, started this thirty day period. A crew from Barn Boards & More, a local wooden salvaging company, was pulling up and saving the tongue-and-groove ground boards from the theater Thursday to reuse as flooring or make into tabletops. By December 2023, the a few-tale accomplishing arts venue in Gardiner is expected to reopen to the community with a 400-seat theater, a big lobby and concession location, complete-service box business, green rooms for performers, and an elevator. Nearby lodge owner Benjamin Johnson turned the former livery secure into a functionality hall in 1884, and it grew to become an opera household in 1888. All photographs by Kennebec Journal photojournalist Joe Phelan.