Built in 1878, Music Hall hosts nearly 350 events and welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year. Its resident performing groups include the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, May Festival, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet. Considered one of the most beautiful concert theaters in the world, the building was recognized as a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior in 1975, and as one of the 11 most endangered buildings in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2014.
An Icon in Danger
Music Hall hasn't undergone a major renovation in over 40 years. Urgent repairs are needed to ensure its future. The cost of waiting—until damage is worse and repairs are more costly—is too great. The time to act is now, so that construction can begin by 2016.
Planned improvements include:
Overhaul of essential mechanical systems—The electrical, plumbing, fire suppression, air conditioning and heating systems are well beyond their life expectancy and need immediate repair.
- Structural Repairs—Under the surface of Music Hall lies structural deterioration not unexpected for a building that first opened to the public in 1878, and while this deterioration doesn't pose an immediate hazard, engineers have determined that structural issues must be addressed for the building's long-term viability. Needed renovations include reinforcement of the Balcony and Gallery trusses, the supporting structural beams that hold up those floors; structural enhancements to the stage and orchestra pit and various sagging beams and floors.
The total cost of renovation is $123 million. To date, more than $100 million has been raised through the collaborative efforts of the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, the Music Hall Revitalization Company, the resident companies of Music Hall, the Cincinnati Arts Association, and the Cultural Facilities Task Force.
We Need Your Support
Through the support of Hamilton County voters and many others, we are pleased to say that renovations of Union Terminal are fully funded. Now, we need your help to raise the final $20 million needed for Music Hall.