By CASEY JUNKINS
Belmont College building preservation students hope to re-install the restored windows for the upstairs ballroom at the historic Capitol Theatre before Dec. 1.
Photo by Casey Junkins
Belmont College Building Preservation students work on a ballroom window at Wheeling’s Capitol Theatre.
In September, students in the college's Doors and Windows class, led by instructor Cathie Senter, took up the project of removing the large windows to transport them to the college for rehabilitation.
"Because the Capitol Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, all restoration work must follow the (U.S.) Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation," said Senter.
"The window frames have been repaired, sanded and primed," she added, noting her students hope to take advantage of some favorable weather to get them painted.
Students working on the window restoration include: Melody Cameron, Adena; Molly Dickerson, Wheeling; Brittney DiProsperis, St. Clairsville; Jacob Fetzer, Sarahsville; Katone Sims, Bridgeport; and Cherryl Thompson, Steubenville.
"The sashes are still in our labs," Senter said this week. "All paint has been removed down to the bare wood, repairs are in progress, the students are busy sanding and sanding and sanding, the historic glass has all been cleaned and is awaiting reinstallation into the sashes. We hope to start priming the sashes next week and replicating some of the molding that could not be salvaged."
The theater is owned by the Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau - and managed by the Greater Wheeling Sports and Entertainment Entertainment Authority - but Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp. officials have also been very involved with reopening and restoration of the venue.
As renovations and improvements at the Capitol proceed, the venue continues offering a wide variety of entertainment. The bureau purchased the theater - formerly known as the Capitol Music Hall - from LiveNation in mid-2009. That same year, the bureau entered a contract with the authority to manage and book events for the Capitol for $1 per year. This is the same entity responsible for managing WesBanco Arena.
Upcoming events at the Capitol include:
- Mannheim Christmas, Dec. 18
- Beauty and the Beast, Jan. 9
- A Chorus Line, Feb. 6
- Elvis Lives, April 9.