The Rose Window
Little is known about the Rose Window, yet it is a dominant element of the east facade of Music Hall and it is referenced and used to represent Music Hall almost as often as the outline of the hall itself.
It is a large, circular wood traceried window (tracery is the bars or elements used decoratively in windows), and constructed of iron, weighs 15,000 pounds and can withstand strong winds.
The rose-window design originated in the Romanesque period but are best known as symbols of Gothic architecture, often used in churches throughout Europe and featuring stained glass. The window is a symbol of Music Hall. However, it is a common feature in structures worldwide. In Cincinnati, these include the Church of Immaculate Conception in Mt. Adams, Old St. George on Calhoun, and Grace Church in Avondale.
SPMH arranged for new lighting to be installed behind the Rose Window in 2000. Jay Depenbrock, who was the Cincinnati Opera's resident set and lighting designer, donated his time and talents to the effort and Music Hall staff performed the work, installing light that bounces off a reflector to produce a softer effect.