A Family Opera House
A grand old opera house becomes a fun family home.
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Most young children are not big fans of opera, but the Grayson kids call the former Dodgeville, Wis., opera house their home. Jeff and Janice Grayson first saw the opera house when they attended a friend’s wedding reception. By the end of 2001 the performance hall was theirs. Not surprisingly, the Grayson home has a strong presence in downtown Dodgeville. The upper facade is stunning and features pressed-metal oriel windows and original woodwork. Inside, the house is filled with opera relics. Patrons and performers alike used to sign the wall along the third floor staircase. But now only one prized signature remains, that of Elvis Presley.
Farther up, a third balcony opens up off the master closet and looks down to the first floor living area.
The Graysons deliberated for nine months before deciding to put their kitchen in the area formerly occupied by the stage.
See how hosts Matt Fox and Shari Hiller create a welcoming retreat out of a basement living room.