Decorations going up on walls, ceiling of Grand
BY ADAM RODEWALD • OF THE NORTHWESTERN • APRIL 21, 2010
Six feet from the ceiling of the Grand Opera House, where sawdust and ShopVacs and flood lights covered a scaffolding-supported platform, stood Joe Ferlo with his hands on his hips.
He couldn’t have been happier.
At that moment a crew from New Berlin-based Conrad Schmitt Studios, an artwork restoration company, unrolled a second newly painted, 30-foot canvas and glued it to the wall.
“The fun part of being up close is seeing all the details,” like the 13 different patterns of fresh wallpaper on the ceiling that blends with the original soffits built in 1883, said Ferlo, the Grand’s executive director.