Davis Auditorium “Saved”
The Davis Auditorium closed in 2005 after water eroded the sandstone foundation causing the 14,400 square foot structure to settle 3 inches. Towers 4-foot x 4-foot were installed to protect the building from shifting while the 120-foot-long East side foundation was replaced with concrete 32” deep and 8” wide.
A fundraising committee was organized in 2011. After untiring efforts of many. The goal was to raise money by dinner theatres, auctions, writing and receiving grants; obtaining donations of money, time, tools, equipment. The structure was completed as required by the building code and engineers.
The towers were replaced with 8” x 8” steel columns, 2 sheer walls were built, 2 ramps to the outside and one to the stage were completed, the outside doors and flaps were rebuilt, caulking between boards and around windows was done, chains to hang flaps and different door hinges were replaced, refinished the stage wall and flooring, rebuilt to rooms off the stage, refinished 155 pews, a podium was built from the wood of damaged pews, replaced fire extinguishers, re-surfaced the blacktop floor of the Davis and the area around the building, purchased new fans, flags, and alter cushions.
A work week was planned and organized by Shirley Wasem for May 14th – May 19th 2018. There were 45 – 50 workers daily from the Camp Ground and surrounding areas. They scraped, sealed windows, replaced rotten boards, rebuilt doors & flaps, and completed a multitude of tasks.