Music Hall Renovations Reach Halfway Mark

January 18, 2017 by Tim Mikulski

An rendering of the exterior of Cincinnati's Music Hall.

photo by: Music Hall Revitalization Company

As preservation and restoration work at Cincinnati's Music Hall reaches its halfway point, The Cincinnati Enquirer recently featured an extensive update on the project, including a fantastic photo gallery.

New concrete floors have been poured in the Springer Auditorium, drywall is going in throughout the building and electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems are being installed. Yet there is still a long way to go before the hall, home to the city's largest performing arts organizations, is ready for its grand reopening in early October 2017. It is the most extensive rehab of the nearly 140-year-old structure in more than four decades, and it is exceedingly complicated.

“The project is on time,” said Jeff Martin, vice president of project management, pointing to construction features during the hard hat tour of the building. “You can see electrical boxes and conduit and we’re already roughed in. The duct-work (overhead) is in. Crews are starting to put up drywall, and will quickly move into other finishes.”

Part of the National Trust's Cincinnati Icons National Treasure project, work is also underway across town at Union Terminal. We will continue to update the progress on both structures here on

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