Our Plan

THE PLAN TO LIGHT UP THE GOSS

The Friends of the Goss Opera House have partnered with engineers, architects, and contractors to develop a plan to restore the Goss. A full roof replacement, HVAC upgrades, as well as the completion of necessary building repairs are planned.

Critical to a successful future for the Goss Opera House is a sustainable operating plan. The Friends of the Goss Opera House intend for all first-year operational expenses to be covered prior to opening. This will enable all efforts to be focused on a successful first-year ramp up.

RENOVATION & REPAIR
$1,365,000
ROOF REPLACEMENT
$855,000
BUILDING PURCHASE
$550,000
HVAC UPGRADES
$785,000
SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS
$395,000
TOTAL
$3,950,000
RENOVATION & REPAIR
$1,365,000
ROOF REPLACEMENT
$855,000
BUILDING PURCHASE
$550,000
HVAC UPGRADES
$785,000
SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS
$395,000
TOTAL
$3,950,000

GOSS OPERA HOUSE BUILDING

First Floor: Complete all unfinished renovation efforts from the past. Paint the bar, repurpose the coffee shop space, and create more separation between the restaurant and bar areas.

Second Floor: Add and repair handrails, refurbish flooring inside and adjacent to the opera hall, and restore wall and ceiling plaster and paint. Upgrade lights, curtains, sound, and projection systems in the opera hall and renovate the green room under the stage. Renovate the entrance between the bank building and opera hall building, expand the concessions window, create office space, and establish a bride’s room and groom’s room.

Third Floor: Repair stairs to the third floor, paint the hallway, replace hallway flooring, and renovate the entrance between the bank building and opera hall building. Refurbish box seats and associated hospitality rooms.

Basement: Repair openings in the basement walls, complete tuckpointing of basement walls.

HISTORIC BANK BUILDING 

Remodel the first floor retail space and create a grand opera hall entrance staircase. Renovate the office space on the second floor and finish all in-progress construction. Revitalize the third floor event space, prepare the third floor dance studio, and open the boarded windows.

EXTERIOR 

Complete tuckpointing of exterior brick, refresh exterior paint, and upgrade signage.

The Friends of the Goss has contracted with Hasslen Construction Company, a firm that specializes in historical building restoration, to replace the roof on the Goss Opera House by the fall of 2019. While the theater will remain closed until the roof is replaced, the remaining areas in the Goss Opera House building and historic bank building will be open to the public. 

Fortunately, the electric systems have been upgraded and are generally in good shape. However, the existing HVAC system does not have the capacity and zoning needed to provide adequate and comfortable heating and cooling throughout all of the varied spaces in the building. Upgrading the HVAC systems along with a new insulated roof will put the building in great shape for years to come, as well as make the entire facility much more energy efficient. 

The Friends of the Goss has a goal to have all first-year operational expenses and marketing and consulting fees covered prior to opening. This allows all efforts to be focused on event management and marketing, critical for a successful first-year ramp up.

The Friends of the Goss has hired Missy Sinner as Executive Director to facilitate the foundation in its mission to preserve and enhance the historic opera house. The Executive Director will have responsibility for fundraising, marketing, and communications with donors, clients, volunteers, and the community. The Executive Director will serve as events manager for the Goss Opera House and will work with interested clients on weddings, meetings, concerts, and other events.

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“The rehabilitation of the Goss Opera House can be easily identified as key in assisting new development in the downtown area. This project will send a ripple-effect across our downtown, encouraging further investment from private companies that support the diverse industries within the community, advancing job opportunities and entrepreneurial growth.”

Chris Schilken, Watertown DevelopmentCompany Executive Director