Yesterday, one of Cincinnati’s Icons shared big news with the community. Details about Music Hall’s long-anticipated rehabilitation were revealed, including the designers, timeline, and scope of work necessary to transform this beloved and historic venue into a state of the art performance space. In June of 2016, Music Hall will close for a $129 million facelift, re-opening in the fall of 2017.
The design team will include Martinez + Johnson Architecture, Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG), Akustiks, and Schuler Shook. Among the major upgrades will be a restored front façade including a re-opened rose window; a reconfigured Springer Auditorium; new patron amenities like foodservice and additional restrooms; and behind the scenes upgrades to scenery, paint shops, and dressing rooms.
The project has secured $123 million in funding through a multi-layered, public/private funding strategy, including city and state funds, historic tax credits, and $53 million in private donations. Music Hall Revitalization Company (MHRC) is leading the effort to close the remaining $6 million funding gap.
Congratulations to MHRC, the Cincinnati City Center Development Corporation, and the City of Cincinnati -- this is exciting news and a huge step forward towards a “save” for Music Hall!