Maine Preservation 2013 Honor Award for the Commercial-Restoration/ Rehabilitation
On the 10 year anniversary of the Norway Opera House’s designation as a Most Endangered Property, its revitalization was celebrated by a ribbon cutting Friday, March 1, 2013. Much more than a local event, its story is heartwarming and inspiring to other towns who strive to remain or become communities.
Located in Norway’s historic center of socioeconomic interaction, the Norway Opera House was the community’s symbol of pride, prosperity and community activity for many years, featuring famous headliners and healthy first-floor retail establishments that activated Main Street. Built immediately after a fire in 1894 the Opera House’s landmark clock tower still dominates the Main Street skyline and can be seen from 360 degrees. Many decades of neglect, combined with exposure to the elements, caused the building to suffer greatly. Serious structural problems and life safety concerns caused its closure and subsequent vacancy. 'Most Endangered' is now a distant memory for this pivotal property, as 21,000sf of five (5) beautifully rehabilitated storefronts once again enliven Main Street!