Cincinnati Music Hall
Completed in 1878, the Samuel Hannaford-designed Music Hall is a National Register building and one of the most historic in Cincinnati. glaserworks’ scope of work included restoration and renovation of 100,000 square feet of auditorium and ancillary spaces, establishing a logical hierarchy of circulation and use, creating visually-elegant and acoustically-appropriate environments and incorporating the latest technical and mechanical systems–all without interrupting the seasonal activities, performances and rehearsals of the orchestras.
The renovation project included a new public entry plaza, ballroom and foyer restorations, seat replacement, new offices, restroom expansions, exterior lighting and freight elevator installation. Restoration work comprises cleaning and repair of stone and masonry walls and window and roof replacement. Completed technical and mechanical work includes hazardous material abatement, rewiring, heating and cooling system replacement, sprinkler system extension and installation of an emergency generator. All of this work was completed while preserving the integrity of the original building and maintaining the schedules of the staff and orchestras.
glaserworks designed a multi-year maintenance and renovation masterplan to insure the preservation of Music Hall. Implementing the masterplan, subsequent projects include restoration of the ballroom and foyer, providing ADA accessibility, restroom and office expansions, new exterior lighting and development of a new public entry plaza.
The renovation complies with the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for Historic Preservation and met the approval of the Cincinnati Urban Design Board and both the city and state Historic Conservation Boards. It received design awards from the AIA Cincinnati, AIA Ohio, Cincinnati Preservation Association and the Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society.