Theater Set To Undergo Facelift

WHEELING – Bids are being sought to make facade repairs at the Capitol Theatre, while work is under way on a nearly $50,000 project to repair 46 windows at the Wheeling Artisan Center.

The Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp. is seeking bids for a project to repair the masonry and terra cotta exterior of the Capitol Theatre in the downtown. Jeremy Morris, WNHAC executive director, said he did know how much the work will cost, but said bids are accepted until July 12. He anticipates the project will begin sometime in August.

“Terra cotta is more than just planters. It comes in all different colors and glazes,” Morris said, adding terra cotta was a common building material used when the Capitol was built 80 years ago.

In addition to the terra cotta and masonry repointing work, the building’s rubber roof also needs repaired.

Bekah Karelis, WNHAC historian, said work on the windows of the Artisan Center – located at the corner of Main and 14th streets – began about a month ago, but workers are just now starting to do exterior painting work using a lift to reach the second and third floors. Work on the inside involved removing the most damaged windows to allow them to be repaired and reglazed. Karelis expects the job to continue for another month.

“Now the work is a little more visible,” she added.

Waller Corp. of Washington, Pa., was the low bidder for the window project at $49,700. Building preservation students with Belmont College recently finished a project to restore three original wood windows in the Capitol’s ballroom.