Music Hall Timeline

circa 1818  An orphanage is built on the property that will become Music Hall.

1830s  The land bordering Elm Street between 12th and 14th streets holds what's called a ''Pest House'' and

Potter's Field.

1849  The North American Saengerbund is organized in Cincinnati.

1870  The Saengerbund Singing Society constructs Saenger Halle at 14th & Elm--site of future Music Hall.

Reports indicate that ''no less than six thousand persons'' were gathered for the opening of Saengerfest in the new hall on June 15, which included a welcome from the Ohio Governor Rutherford. B. Hayes.

1870  City of Cincinnati acquires Saengerhalle, renaming it Exposition Hall as site for

Cincinnati Industrial Exposition.

1873  Maria Longworth Nichols and her husband George Ward Nichols organize the first May

Musical Festival. Theodore Thomas conducted the performances in Exposition Hall.

1875  The May Musical Festival presents the American premiere of Bach's Magnificat.

Reuben R. Springer offers matching gift of $125,000 to build new Music Hall (to be matched by $125,000 from other citizens--with $50,000 offered later for addition of wings, to be matched two-to-one). Read the story.
Charles Aiken, Superintendent of Music for Cincinnati Public Schools, leads city schoolchildren in raising $3,000 for new Music Hall.

1876  Civic leaders Julius Dexter, W. H. Harrison, T. D. Lincoln, Joseph Longworth, Robert Mitchell, John Shillito

and Reuben Springer organize the Music Hall Association to build new the new hall.
Cincinnati architect Samuel Hannaford gets the contract for new Music Hall.
Exposition Hall (old Saengerhalle) is demolished to clear the site for new Music Hall.
As cost estimates increase for the construction, Reuben Springer adds a donation of $20,000 to the project.

1877  Construction begins on new Cincinnati Music Hall on May 1.

Reuben Springer offers $10,000 to start Organ Society to build organ for Music Hall; public subscriptions raise total to $30,000.
Work begins on Hook & Hastings organ for Music Hall, with organ screen panels designed by Benn Pitman, Henry Lindley Fry, William Henry Fry, and carved by their mostly-female students.

1878  The ''magnificent'' Music Hall opens the night of Tuesday, May 14th, with the May Festival chorus

and with an orchestra of musicians of the New York Philharmonic and conducted by the renowned Theodore Thomas.
The College of Music is opens on October 14 and is housed in Dexter Hall, the top floor of Music Hall. Theodore Thomas shocks New York society by leaving that city to become the College's first Musical Director.

1879  Machinery Hall (North Wing) and Art Hall (South Wing) are added to complex, bringing total cost of

the entire project to $446,000.
The Women's Art Museum Association (WAMA) of Cincinnati exhibits decorative work from its classes at the Seventh Cincinnati Industrial Exposition, and invites men to become members of the Association. WAMA was formed primarily with the goal of the establishment of a permanent art museum in Cincinnati. In November, WAMA rents Art Rooms in the Exposition Building/Art Hall and moves into its quarters.

1880  The Democratic National Convention at Music Hall nominates General Winfield Scott Hancock for President

Following months of discord, Theodore Thomas resigns as Music Director of the College of Music.
A banquet celebrating the opening of city-owned Cincinnati Southern Railway is held in main auditorium of Music Hall.
The Cincinnati Tennis Club opens on indoor courts in South Wing (until 1882).
First Millers' International Exhibition is held at Music Hall.

1881  Reuben R. Springer purchases property south of Music Hall for the purpose of constructing a permanent

home for the College of Music.

1883  Electric lighting is introduced at Industrial Exposition in Music Hall.

1884  Reuben Springer, philanthropist and benefactor of Music Hall, dies.

In October, The Odeon opens as the new home of the College of Music. This structure houses classrooms, a concert hall, and a two-manual pipe organ.
Courthouse Riot of 1884 begins with a rally at Music Hall. The riot resulted in the deaths of 20 and the burning of the courthouse.
An Opera Festival is held at Music Hall to benefit survivors of the great flood.

1886  Technical School of Cincinnati, predecessor of U.C. College of Engineering, is founded at Music Hall.

The Cincinnati Art Museum opens on May 17 in a newly-constructed building in Eden Park. WAMA's trustees dissolved the Association.

1888  Centennial Exposition of the Ohio Valley and Central States celebrates 100th anniversary of the founding of

Cincinnati (14th Cincinnati Industrial Exposition).

1889  Cincinnati Architectural Club holds a symposium at Music Hall, attracting national attendance.

1895  Contracts are awarded for the reconstruction of Music Hall. The hall is closed in October for extensive

renovation following a standing-room-only concert rehearsal by the May Festival Chorus.
As less than half of the planned decoration of the great organ was completed when Music Hall opened, Benn Pitman and his students worked to complete the remaining panels.
During reconstruction, the Pops popular concerts move to the Walnut Street Theater. At this time, the Pops orchestra was the Cincinnati Orchestra Company, with Michael Brand as conductor.

1896  Opening night of the Twelfth May Festival marks the formal dedication of the renovated Music Hall.

The following changes were made:
  • a permanent proscenium arch was added
  • a smaller, movable proscenium was constructed within the permanent arch
  • the stage was extended into the audience area
  • the pitch of the floor was doubled
  • the wood paneling on the walls was replaced with plaster and painted
  • the ceiling was lowered five feet, plastered and painted, and a chandelier containing one hundred electric lights was hung from the ceiling
  • seats were arranged differently, and permanent seating for 3,330 people was added
  • electric lighting and steam heat was added
  • dressing rooms were remodeled
The remodeled Music Hall is opened to the public on May 14 and is now ready for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, which is moving to the hall from Pike's Opera House. The remodeling also made it possible to more easily accommodate opera and theatrical productions. In May at the annual meeting of the Music Hall Association, it was decided that, in the future, the hall would be known as Springer Hall. Additionally, the organ was moved back against the west wall, and work was done on the organ's wood-carved panels. Renovation is completed for $140,000: $100,000 originally estimated, but also $40,000 is donated by prominent citizens.

1899  Music Hall jumps on the nation's latest passion and opens a roller skating academy. It's billed as the

''Finest Rink in America'' featuring a 90x250-foot-maple skating surface and skate rental.

1900  First Cincinnati Fall Festival and Industrial Exposition (continuing to 1923)

1901  The Great Organ is overhauled by J.M. Rimmer, an organ expert from the Hook & Hastings Factory in Boston.

1902  President Theodore Roosevelt speaks to a crowd of over 8,000 in Music Hall Auditorium. His visit

could have ended in catastrophe, as sparks from an electrical wire set a curtain on fire in Mechnical (North) Hall. Exposition attendants put out the fire quickly and very few in the packed auditorium knew about the incident, thus averting a panic.

1904  Composer Richard Strauss conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall.

1905  Circular painting ''Allegory of the Arts,'' by Arthur Conrad Thomas, is installed in center of ceiling

of main auditorium.
Several people attending a concert screamed, panicked and ran to the exits after hearing noise from the roller-skating rink in the adjoining Music Hall building. Ushers calmed the stricken individuals, explained the source, and the patrons returned to their seats.

1910  Ohio Valley Exposition is held in Music Hall, celebrating completion of world's largest movable dam,

at Fernbank on the Ohio.
William Howard Taft, a Cincinnatian and frequent Music Hall visitor, attends his first May Festival as the nation's President, and dedicates the statue of Theodore Thomas, which is now located in the northeast balcony area.

1912  Springer Auditorium is "renovated" with the installation of new seating and new electric lights,

and re-opened in time for the Twentieth Biennial May Festival. In addition to new seats and lights, the boxes received new bronze and green draperies, and new flooring was installed in the side corridors. Music Hall was rewired to comply with new building code.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's board moves CSO performances to the recently-completed Emery Auditorium, a more intimate and less expensive venue.
President William Howard Taft attends May Festival, dedicating the statue of Theodore Thomas.

1916  The Ohio Valley Electrical Exposition at Music Hall celebrates the electrical age.

1917  Danceland at Music Hall is unveiled as the ''classiest dance palace'' in the city. Danceland, which is located in

the north wing of Music Hall, opened in mid-to-late November and provided 27,000 square feet for patrons, bands and entertainers. A newspaper ad indicated that, for Thanksgiving weekend, Danceland would be open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

1918  U.S. and Allied Governments' War Exposition is held at Music Hall in December. The exhibit takes up all the

space inside Music Hall including the Danceland ballroom.

1922  Due to the dangerous condition of the roofs of the wings, the city's building commissioner orders the

north and south wings closed to the public until extensive repairs can be made to bring the entire structure up to city and state building codes
Music Hall Trustees indicate that the Fall Festival scheduled for August will be postponed, and that the city will suffer loses of approximately $1.5 million due to the loss of at least three large conventions. Further, the Trustees deny reports that the north and south wings will be razed. The statement they issued indicates that the Music Hall Association has funding to make repairs and improvements to the center building, but will keep the wings closed until funding is obtained.
D.C. Keller, Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Convention Committee, calls for the courts to order a complete reorganization of the Cincinnati Music Hall Association.
The Cincinnati Music Hall Association proceeds with remodeling of Music Hall proper, which will consist of the installation of an automatic sprinkler system, rewiring, and reconstruction of balcony stairways.
The Chamber of Commerce floats the idea of Music Hall to be part of the proposed civic center. The area for the center also would include the Odeon, YMCA, Washington Park and Memorial Hall, and extend as far back as 12th and Central.
A campaign is undertaken to finance reconstruction of the Great Organ.

1923  ''Modernization'' of the original auditorium organ marks the beginning of the end for grand old instrument.

On Wednesday, August 29, at the Cincinnati Fall Festival, marriage vows were exchanged in Music Hall before a nearly packed house. The wedding, which was carried by radio to guests throughout the country, featured eight groomsmen and 18 bridesmaids. As the great Hook and Hastings organ played the Wedding March, flower girls showered the aisle with rose petals in front of the bride. While the ceremony was described as the ''model of solemnity,'' each person in the wedding party wore an outfit provided by the city's bridal retail merchants. The ''Wedding by Wireless'' was broadcast through an arrangement between the Cincinnati Electric Club and the Crosley Manufacturing Company. For the ''first radio bride and groom'' everything for the wedding, from clothing and rehearsal dinner to transportation and wedding gifts, had been provided by area businesses and each company's donation was described to the radio audience.
The opening of Danceland's fall dancing season is delayed while improvements are made to the north wing of Music Hall.

1925  Music Hall is transformed into a 15th century cathedral setting for Max Reinhardt's medieval spectacle,

The Miracle.
Debris accumulated for several years and stored throughout both wings - including old rags, paint cans, pieces of wood, broken chairs, old signs, etc. - leads the city to declare the wings as a fire hazard. The complaint was lodged by the Chamber of Commerce, the top tenant of the Music Hall wings, as a result of comments by exhibitors who felt the situation was dangerous. Reports indicate that debris, which was moved by mid-May, was primarily discarded parts of the old organ, including panels of black walnut and other expensive woods. However, due to the condition of the roofs, both wings remain closed to the public.

1926  In December, general plans for renovation of Music Hall are drawn up. $600,000 worth of improvements

include transforming the north wing into a sports arena that could be converted into an exposition hall, and renovation of the south wing to contain an exposition hall and a hall for dances, dinners and conventions. Plans also include installing new seats and painting Springer Auditorium, and the addition of new rear street-level entrances.

1927   On the 26th of May, the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Music Hall Association enter into an agreement

whereby, for the sum of one dollar ($1.00), CMHA will own and, within three years, remodel Cincinnati Music Hall.
Despite the condition of the wings' roofs, the annual Auto Show was held in mid January in both wings. Additionally, the stage of Music Hall is transformed into a dance floor complete with orchestras, with dancing every afternoon and evening until the show closed.
During the Ohio Food Show at the end of January, a wedding was performed on the stage in Music Hall as ''The Wedding March'' was played on the hall's magnificent pipe organ. It is believed to be the first public wedding ceremony ever performed at an exposition.
Work begins mid-year on improvements for the North and South Wings, including new floors and roofs. While digging under the south wing, 65 graves were discovered. John D. Powell of the American Wrecking & Salvage Company states that, with city approval, he would provide a coffin and reinter them in that location.
On October 11, the College of Music unveils a new three-story office and studio building and achieves the largest student enrollment in its history.

1928  Music Hall celebrates its 50th anniversary with Golden Jubilee celebration.

On October 3, the newly remodeled hall was dedicated during the Greater Cincinnati Industrial Exposition. In an address to all attending, Robert A. Taft, VP of the Cincinnati Music Hall Association, said that as soon as funding is available, the main auditorium will be redecorated and improved with new seats, and that the dressing rooms would be renovated. He also promised the entire exterior would be sand blasted. Taft also expressed hope that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra would return to Music Hall.
On January 25, on the second floor of the south wing of Music Hall, the Greystone Ballroom opened. Greystone was billed as the nation's largest ballroom and Anthony E. Scheffer is announced as the Greystone's managing director.

1929  1929 Thomas Alva Edison is honored at Music Hall and throughout the nation on the 50th anniversary

of the invention of the lightbulb. ''Light's Golden Jubilee'' was the theme for the Cincinnati Edison Exposition, which featured tributes, exhibits, ceremonies and speakers honoring Edison, an Ohio native. Music Hall was decorated with lights of all kinds, including a spectacular electrical fountain on Elm Street, in front of the building. While Mr. Edison was invited to attend, he sent his regrets and ''best wishes for the success of your exposition and program.''
Topper Club opens in South Wing, with Egyptian decor complete with Sphinx.
A concert is held at Music Hall to celebrate the anniversary of the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts - now Cincinnati ArtsWave - which was founded in 1927 by Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. and Anna Sinton Taft. .

1931  Society of American Florists and Ornamental Horticulturists hold National Flower and Garden Show.

1935  The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra returns to Music Hall.

The Greystone Ballroom celebrates its 7th birthday in January. There are dances and shows in the ballroom until mid year, when two announcements were made. The first one states the lease and equipment of Greystone Ballroom was purchased by the Music Hall Association. Then, in early July, Music Hall manager John Behle announced that, in order to increase revenue, Music Hall would feature more and varied events, including lectures, movings, expositions and trade shows. The goal would be, said Behle, to have something going on every night in Music Hall. The ballroom was then remodeled and redecorated, and, on October 5, opened as the new Trianon Ballroom.
The Cincinnati Realtors' Home Show and Garden Exposition at Music Hall, held April 20-28, features a model home! The house is constructed in the north wing and includes open wall sections to show expo visitors how plumbing, wiring, and other usually-hidden features work. Around the house will be a formal garden.
On May 27, 2 days after the May Festival ends, the Cincinnati Municipal and Industrial Exposition opens at Music Hall and runs through June 9.
The Greater Cincinnati Women's Exposition is held November 19-27.

1936  The Trianon Ballroom is redecorated with a motif of a giant landbound airship and was

renamed the Dirigible of Dance, where, according to advertising, ''dancing is like floating on air.''

1937  Music Hall is almost razed. In May, the Music Hall Bondowners' Protective

Committee initiates action to foreclose on the $736,000 mortgage on Music Hall. The Cincinnati Music Hall Association had made only part of one payment in the previous four years - even though the building had been operated ''without deficit'' since 1932. CMHA cited the financial crisis that had gripped the nation since 1929 as reason for not making payments. Reports on inspections made by the city and state claimed that the structure was a fire hazard due to wiring issues and serious dust hazards. All involved agreed that an independent survey would determine Music Hall's fate.
Music Hall serves as a clothing depot for the Red Cross, and as a central warehouse for food supplies, to aid families affected by the 1937 flood.
The Music Hall ballroom is leased by Topper Amusement Company and, in September, opens as the Topper Ballroom.

1939  The Music Hall Association files for reorganization under the Bankruptcy Act.

1941  Miami Valley Industry and Defense Exposition is held, furthering the regional effort in World War II.

In September, the City of Cincinnati acquires title and responsibility for Music Hall complex for $222,500.
In October, workers cleaning the dome of the auditorium uncover the colorful mural painted by artist Arthur Thomas.

1946  University of Cincinnati Bearcats basketball joins wrestling and boxing for three seasons in North Wing.

1949  A face lift begins for Music Hall.

1951  During the holidays, Music Hall is used as a parcel post center.

1952  General Dwight D. Eisenhower appears at Music Hall as the Republican nominee for president.

1953  Cincinnati's first used car show is slated for September in Music Hall.

The World Premiere of ''Taming of the Shrew'' brings opera back to Music Hall.

1954  Music Hall re-opens in September following three years of repairs and improvements,

including redecoration of Springer auditorium and the foyer. The auditorium was completely remodeled: ceiling and wall panels were painted in a red and grey color scheme, with ornamentation in an off-white with gold accents. New carpeting and new "theater" seats in red velour were installed and aisles were widened, which resulted in an increase of the hall's capacity to 3,706 seats. The proscenium arch was repainted and accented in antique gold and re-lighted. A valence of draped red velvet was hung and five new stage curtains on double travelers were installed.
     The doors to the auditorium were replaced and the foyer was redecorated with walls in a dark grey and burgundy red ceiling panels accented in off-white. Also, the columns in the foyer and upper promenade were painted in an off-white. Modern new lighting in the ceiling replaced the original lighting fixtures.
     Additional work carried out during this time included the installation of new plumbing and new electrical. Backstage, the fly gallery was re-roped and the new lighting installed on stage.
     Exterior work included a new roof and water-proofing of the exterior.
Plans begin for a convention hall which would be linked to Music Hall.
WCET, the nation's first licensed educational TV station, debuts from Dexter Hall (third floor of Music Hall).

1957  Springer Auditorium receives general refurbishing in red, grey, off-white and gold.

1959  Topper Club's Egyptian decor gives way to Hawaiian theme, including world's largest color photomural--

showing Diamond Head above Waikiki.

1964  Corbett Foundation led by J. Ralph Corbett and Patricia Corbett donates rebuilding of backstage area--

leading off series of major improvements in Music Hall financed by Corbett donations in next 30 years.

1965  Mirror from old Burnet House Hotel (4th and Vine) is installed in Music Hall foyer.

1969  Corbett Foundation finances major renovations, including addition of offices for performing arts

organizations, dressing rooms, Music Library, Green Room, seating, escalators, full-building air-conditioning, and Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers.

1970  Music Hall is added to National Register of Historic Places.

Exterior of building is sandblasted (with 400 tons of sand over 60 days).

1972  Corbett Foundation finances further major renovations, including new scenery shop and set storage area

for opera and ballet, and new Corbett Tower on third floor (replacing Dexter Hall).
The Cincinnati Summer Opera moves from the Zoo to Music Hall, and opens with Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele.

1973  Volunteer Music Hall Guides start giving tours of building.

1974  New seating is installed in Main Auditorium as gift of Corbett Foundation.

Baldwin electronic "wave form" organ is installed, as gift from Corbett Foundation, replacing the now decrepit original Hook Hastings instrument.

1975  A parking garage is completed to the west of the building -- a gift from Corbett Foundation -- with a skywalk

across Central Parkway connecting into Music Hall.
Music Hall is designated a National Historic Landmark.

1978  Music Hall celebrates its 100th anniversary with Centennial Saengerfest.

The U.S. Postal Service issues a commemorative Music Hall historic preservation postcard. The postcard was designed by Cincinnati artist and illustrator Clinton Orlemann and was the second issued in the U.S. Postal Service's Historic Preservation series.
Music Hall was threatened with the loss of its liquor license in 1978 because it served alcohol during the showing of the controversial play Oh, Calcutta!.

1984  Critic's Club opens off main foyer, as gift of Corbett Foundation and the Music Hall Association.

1985  Architectural lighting is installed for exterior of Music Hall, as gift of Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson.

1987  Jean Ries, the Executive Director of the Corbett Foundation, Joyce Van Wye, Louise Dieterle Nippert and

Norma Petersen meet to discuss what could be done to raise money for improvements in Music Hall. By 1988, the group had grown, and evolved into The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall.

1992  Music Hall Association merges to form Cincinnati Arts Association for joint management of Music Hall,

Memorial Hall and new Aronoff Center for the Arts.
The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall receives the 501(c)(3) designation and is formally established as a volunteer support organization to help preserve and enhance the Hall.
Corbett Foundation replaces seating in Springer (Main) Auditorium of Music Hall
Cincinnati Music Hall Association merges with the newly-formed Cincinnati Arts Association to provide for a common Board of Trustees and management of Music Hall, Hamilton County Memorial Hall, and the new Aronoff Center for the Arts

1994  Corbett Foundation finances refurbishing of Corbett Tower.

1996  President Bill Clinton speaks at Music Hall. President Clinton, then in the midst of a re-election campaign, is

endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police for his longtime support of law enforcement.

1998  American Classical Music Hall of Fame installs inaugural laureates in gala at Music Hall, commemorating 120

years of classical music tradition in this historic building.
Music Hall Ballroom (originally the old Topper Club) enjoys major transformation into an elegant state-of-the-art, multi-purpose ballroom and meeting facility.

1999  The Music Hall Timeline is installed in a west corridor of Music Hall.

2003  The 125th Anniversary of Cincinnati's historic Music Hall is celebrated in grand style.

Construction begins in the north wing of Music Hall on the new headquarters for the Cincinnati Opera. This necessitates moving the Cincinnati Arts Association's Music Hall staff to offices on the second floor of the south wing.

2004  In October, the Cincinnati Opera moves into the its new headquarters, the Corbett Opera Center.

2005  On January 13, the Corbett Opera Center is officially dedicated. The Center, is named for long-time

Cincinnati arts patrons J. Ralph and Patricia Corbett. The Corbett Foundation provided a $1.5 million lead grant for the project, as did the City of Cincinnati. The renovation gives the Opera a reception area and box office off Elm Street, ample space for administrative and production offices, meeting rooms, and rehearsal room, and restores much of the north wing's original facade, including the windows.
On May 25, the documentary Music Hall: Cincinnati Finds Its Voice premieres on CET, public television. The 90-minute program was conceived and funded by the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, and produced by CET, in cooperation with SPMH and the Cincinnati Museum Center's Historical Society Library. The documentary is a finalist for a Post-Corbett Award.

2006  The Producers of the documentary Music Hall: Cincinnati Finds Its Voice are presented with regional Emmy.

Awards from National Academy of Television Arts Sciences, Ohio Valley Chapter, in the category of Documentary - Cultural for their work.

2007  Following several years of effort on the part of Society for the Preservation of Music Hall president Norma

Petersen, it is announced that the Mighty Wurlitzer organ which was originally created for Cincinnati's Albee Theatre, would be refurbished and installed in Music Hall's Ballroom, where a number of pieces from the Albee decorate the hall.

2009  The Albee Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is dedicated in a standing-room-only concert on Saturday, November 28th.

2010  The Music Hall Revitalization Committee is formed with Cincinnati business entrepreneur Jack Rouse at the

helm to oversee needed structural improvements to Music Hall.
Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership) of New York City was chosen as the design architect for the $100-million revitalization of Cincinnati's historic Music Hall
The Community Counseling Service Company, LLC, a fundraising consulting and management firm, will provide philanthropic support for the revitalization effort.

2012  The Music Hall Revitalization Committee holds public sessions on the plan to renovate Music Hall. now slated

to begin in spring of 2013. Public meetings are held in January in which hundreds voice their disapproval of the plans, in particular those that remove the chandelier from the auditorium and reduce seating.
Cincinnati icon and philanthropist Louise Nippert dies just shy of her 101st birthday. Mrs. Nippert was devoted to the arts and was a generous supporter of music and Music Hall in Cincinnati. She was also one of the initial Trustees of SPMH.
Jack Rouse resigns as head of MHRC in May and is replaced by Otto M. Budig, Jr.
President Barack Obama attends the first town hall meeting of the 2012 campaign season, held in the Music Hall Ballroom.
In December, the City of Cincinnati and the Music Hall Revitalization Company (MHRC) reach an agreement on a lease of the building, with an eye to easing the work needed to fund renovation of the structure. Under the agreement, MHRC will lease the building for 75 years, and pay all operating and maintenance expenses.

2013  The first LumenoCity event is held in renovated Washington Park, on August 3 and 4, to introduce

Louis Langrée as the new music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The event featured a specially-designed lightshow on the facade of Music Hall and is an overwhelming success, drawing 35,000 people.
The Music Hall Revitalization Company announces it will partner with 3CDC (Cincinnati Center City Development Company) for the renovation work on Music Hall, with 3CDC acting as project manager.
A revised timeline for the revitalization is developed, with work targeted to start in June 2016.

2014  In June, the National Trust for Historic Preservation adds Music Hall to its list of America's 11

most endangered historic places.
Hamilton County Commissioners decide that funding for Music Hall's revitalization will not be included in a proposed ''Icon Tax'' levy, and the MHRC redoubles its efforts to find new funding for the project.
The year closes out with good news, as the State of Ohio awards Music Hall with a one-time historic tax credit totalling $25 million.

2015  Fundraising for the revitalization of Music Hall is given a huge boost, with a $10 million gift

from the Lindner family.
Phase I structural work is completed over the summer.
A new design team and an acoustics firm are announced for the project, which is now estimated to run $129 million. The design team is comprised of two architectural firms: Martinez + Johnson Architecture, a Washington, DC, firm, and Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel, Pittsburgh. Messer Construction is hired as construction manager.
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, May Festival, and Cincinnati Opera and other Music Hall tenants begin the arduous task of packing up everything, in order to vacate Music Hall by the end of the year. The task includes packing up the the 140-year-old orchestra library and moving all music to a temporary home at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's main brand downtown.

2016  Performances continue in Music Hall's Springer Auditorium through May

while construction work continues during the daytime.
In January, the SPMH Board of Directors votes to gift the renovation campaign with $3 million, made possible by the Corbett Foundation. The project is now estimated to cost $135 million.
In March, work under the stage uncovered skeletons. The remains were identified as human, and respectfully moved to a final resting place in Spring Grove Cemetery, along with many bones uncovered during previous construction work.
In May, the final ''pre-construction'' SPMH Wurlitzer Concert is held in the ballroom. After the final May Festival performance on Saturday, May 28, Music Hall is officially closed for renovation. A work session is held Sunday, May 29, to remove hundreds of seats donated to the Sorg Opera House in Middletown.
At the SPMH Annual Meeting on September 13, held off-site for the first time the organization's history, Stephen Leeper, 3CDC's President and Chief Executive Officer, details for SPMH members the work that is underway, as well as expected revisions in design for Corbett Tower, the specific beneficiary of the SPMH donation toward Music Hall's renovation.

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