The Rose Theater's $6 million renovation, which began in November 2011, continues this week with replacement of copper on its three striking domes.
The ornate 1927 theater, formerly known as the Riviera, the Paramount and the Astro, is home to the Omaha Theater Company, one of the nation's largest children's theaters.
Scaffolding will go up this week for the dome work, done by a team of specialists from BVH Architects, WJE Engineers and Kiewit Building Group. They will remove old copper and replace it, while also adding insulation and repairing the underlying wood structures that support the domes.
The goal is to stop rain and melting snow from leaking and damaging the theater's interior, said Julie Walker, managing director of the Omaha Theater Company.
The new copper initially will give the domes a rosy appearance. Over 20 years they are expected to tarnish, turning red or black before attaining the blue-green color commonly associated with aged copper. The old copper had been painted to achieve the blue-green hue, but this time it will be left to age naturally.
The old copper will be recycled and sold, helping to offset the cost of the project.
The Rose's foundation has raised $5.5 million toward its $6 million goal for repairs. Last year, more than 400 custom-made terra cotta pieces were installed to replace worn exterior features. Brick joints were repaired, some new windows were installed, and extensive roof work was done.
The dome restoration work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Still to come: repair and repainting of ceilings in the Rose's lobby and mezzanine, scheduled for summer 2014.
For more information, or to donate, visit the Rose's website, www.rosetheater.org, and click on the “support us” tab, or call 402-345-4849.