Sterling Gets A New Roof

The south side

The Sterling Opera House has a new roof - and it was installed in one day. If you happened to be driving by on Saturday you would have seen a swarm of workers crawling all over the top of the historic structure as the building took another step forward in the ongoing struggle for restoration.

Sterling Opera House was the first structure in Connecticut to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Sterling was built in 1889 to serve the cultural and political needs of Derby and the Lower Naugatuck Valley. The theater opened on April 2, 1889 and remained in use until 1945. Two lower levels served as a City Hall and Police Station until 1965.

The next phase of the work will involving repairing the cupolas on the roof. Click here for a story of an earlier phase of the restoration.

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