When the time finally came to renovate the landmark Bayview Opera House, designer Walter Hood decided to elicit neighborhood feedback the way it would have been done in 1888 when the hillside auditorium was built.
He dragged a rocking chair onto the porch overlooking Third Street and invited neighbors to tell him what they thought of the old barn, which wasn’t much. Those who could find it, hidden behind a brick wall and thicket of trees, lined up to speak to the esteemed Hood, one-on-one. There was a 30-minute maximum, and some needed it all.
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