Designed by Hannaford & Procter and completed in 1878, Music Hall is located at 1241 Elm St. and acts as the home for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival Chorus, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. It has just been named one of the most endangered historic places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Because it was built over a paupers’ cemetery, some consider this grand dame to be one of the most haunted places in the US. The beautifully ornate Rose Window looks over the northern portion of Washington Park:
The main lobby is white and red with gilded accents and crystal chandeliers:
Even the secondary chandeliers are grand:
In Springer Auditorium, the main performance hall, gilded details decorate the balcony:
A surprisingly Space Age-looking light fixture in the stairwell leading down to the ballroom:
Gilded ornamental panel in the ballroom:
Ahh, and the mighty Wurlitzer on display:
This building is an absolute gem, and I don’t mean “for a city the size of Cincinnati.” I mean, anywhere. In my opinion, it’s a must-see for any visitor. I’m a big fan of the symphony, whose tickets start at only $12. I enjoy the music, but a concert is also a great excuse to get dressed up and spend a few hours in this glorious building.