A 15 year rehabilitation effort continues at one KOTA Territory opera house. The Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead was built in 1914 and has gone through many changes recently, those changes continue now with organizers' latest $4.2 million capital campaign for a newer, bigger and more modern stage. They plan to continue to preserve the theater's historic look but also make it suitable for modern stage performances.
An anonymous donor has pledged $50,000 to the organization if they can raise $100,000. They hope to raise $99,000 by the end of this year.
Sue Stone has been around the Historic Homestake Opera House her whole life.
"I grew up in this building and I see shadows of myself at different ages, all over this place. It's important to me to see it come back," said Stone.
"Now with our stage because it's a vaudeville stage it's kind of narrow, there's not a lot of room for storage and support for daily theater," said Sarah Carlson, executive director of the Historic Homestake Opera House .
"Daily theater is what we want to bring to our 1.5 million visitors that come to our area every year," Carlson said.
And it's not just a restoration, it's rehabilitation.
" Its truly a restoration. We want to make it look like the 1914 with the today's conveniences but it is rehabilitation project because we are not going to be using the space like it was built, we are going to be enhancing it," said Carlson.
A number of rooms in the opera house including the fore were already rehabbed.
"When you see the elegance in here, you can image what the theater is going to look like when its done, you can't help but get excited," Carlson said.
And Sue Stone can't help but be excited too.
"I love it and that's why I'm here," Stone said.
Organizers hope to complete the renovations by August 2015.
You can donate to the Historic Homestake Opera House by going to their web site.