Renovation of Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The reports of our demise (and demolition) have been greatly exaggerated!
Since 1998, the Metropolitan Opera House has been undergoing a slow but steady renovations process. The building is currently in use primarily as a worship center (Holy Ghost Headquarters Revival Center at the Met). This center is led by a former member of the last worship center at the Met, Rev. Mark Hatcher.
HGHRC@The Met established a nonprofit community development center to complete renovations in 1998 and to lead eventual historic renovations. Approximately $4.5 million dollars in basic systems replacement, stabilization and renovations have been completed.
Phase II renovations currently underway include replacing the retail operations previously installed in the ‘40’s that will create earned income for use in the renovation work. The City of Philadelphia has made a financial commitment to support the creation of these spaces. All previous work has been completed without benefit of any public sector or private foundation funding.
One of these planned retail spaces will be designated for a Historic Exhibit Center chronicling the building’s use as an Opera House, theatre and worship center. Tours will be available through this exhibit center when completed (estimated completion date November 2007). Tours are now available by appointment only-215-431-6148.
We will celebrate the building’s 100th anniversary in November of 2008 and will make additional postings regarding events surrounding the anniversary.
Contributions to support the renovation work are welcome!