Restoration Timeline

Roof Replacement: 2016 to 2017

Contractor: G&E Roofing
Major Donors/Funded: G&E Roofing; Skowhegan Savings Bank

Auditorium Floor & Remediation: 2018

In 2018 Coffin Engineering was hired to do a structural analysis of the floor piers/pylons in the basement and restoration of the piers began using J.F. Scott Construction in Winthrop. At the same time several old boilers, toxic coal ash, and asbestos in the basement were disposed of under the direction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), part of the coal ash was removed and part of it was buried, according to their standards and guidelines.

The brick pillars supporting the floors were then completed and the sub-flooring was constructed to cover the hole in the floor. This was completed by J.F. Scott Construction.

Contractors/Oversight: Coffin Engineering; J.F. Construction; State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Beacon Environmental Consultants, LLC

Major Donors/Funded: Kennebec Savings Bank; City of Augusta

Façade Restoration: 2019 to 2020

The Colonial’s Theater’s facade restoration included reconstructing the formerly leaning parapet, masonry repair and repointing, new flashing, and exterior painting. The project returns the front of the building to its 1926 appearance and addressed structural concerns.

The exterior painting required paint sampling and analysis by Sutherland Conservation & Consulting of Augusta to accurately recreate the six-color tapestry paint scheme.

Contractors: Hascall & Hall; Sutherland Conservation & Consulting; Theodore Logan & Sons

Major Donors/Funded: Maine Historic Preservation Commission (CLG Grant); Davis Family Foundation; Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust; Belvedere Historic Preservation & Energy Efficiency Grant Program, Maine Community Foundation

Iron Tablet (Decorative Element) Restoration: 2021

In the spring of 2021, the original art deco iron tablet (decorative element), that sits on the top of the building was restored. Molly O’Guinness Carlson of Head Tide Conservation Labs restored the original art deco zinc formations that were placed upon a newly created replica of the arched shape made by John Gawler of Gawler and Daughters Sheet Metal of Belgrade.

Contractors: Head Tide Conservation Labs; Gawler & Daughters; Peachey Builders

Major Donors/Funded: O&P Glass; Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund; Belvedere Historic Preservation & Energy Efficiency Grant Program, Maine Community Foundation; Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust