Rossland: Historic home to RLOP gets facelift

In July 2013 the Rossland Light Opera Players received a grant from the Heritage Legacy Fund of British Columbia.

In July 2013 the Rossland Light Opera Players received a grant from the Heritage Legacy Fund of British Columbia.

The grant covered half of the cost of the painting and restoration of the original Bodega Hotel where the RLOP resides.  The Rossland Light Opera Players provided the remaining funds for the project.

Ken Turner of Rossland Paintworks was awarded the contract for the painting of the hotel’s exterior and trim.

Turner, as a patron of the RLOP and also a member of the Rossland Heritage Design Committee, was extremely helpful in the selection of the color scheme and design. He also designed and built the replacement Bodega Hotel sign, the marquis box and hand-painted the Rossland Light Opera Players sign.

Sue and Tom Buckley restored the deteriorated bottom panels on the front of the building. Jackie Drysdale of the Rossland Heritage Society provided the documentation on the history of the Bodega Hotel building which was required for the grant application. Joyce Austin of the Rossland Museum also provided a historical photograph of the Bodega Hotel.

The Heritage Legacy Fund provided a promotional banner that is currently displayed in the front window of the RLOP building.

The Rossland Heritage Committee provided a heritage plaque that is now mounted  on the front door of the building.

The project was completed in the middle of August, in time for Rossland Golden City Days.

The Rossland Light Opera Players was the first organization in Rossland to apply for and receive a grant from the Heritage Legacy Fund of B.C.

The Rossland Light Opera Players would like to thank all of the people who provided time and material donations that contributed to the success of the project.