Group aims to save performing arts center from demolition

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A task force is working to save a more than 100-year-old church-turned-theatre in Lewiston from demolition.

The Lewiston Tribune <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://lmtribune.com/northwest/still-standing/article%E2%80%94b7263228-47b9-5df8-9bba-37b1f65b8bd2.html”>reports</a> the Anne Bollinger Performing Arts Center Task Force wants the 111-year-old sandstone church building, commonly known as the former home of the Lewiston Civic Theatre, to be referred to by its official name, which comes from opera singer and Lewiston native Anne Bollinger.

City officials condemned the building in 2016, when a large roof truss failed and compromised its structural integrity. A leaky roof was the culprit, but the incident shed light on several other problems that would take millions of dollars to fix.

The Civic Theatre, unable to afford those costs, deeded the building last year to the city of Lewiston.

The city has spent about $70,000 repairing the building, but several city councilors say the Bollinger should be put out of its misery.

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Information from: Lewiston Tribune, <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.lmtribune.com”>http://www.lmtribune.com</a>

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