Built in 1878, Music Hall, is an iconic entertainment venue in Cincinnati, Ohio. Designed in the Venetian Gothic style by esteemed architect Samuel Hannaford, the structure is a National Historic Landmark. For more than a century, the building’s ornate stonework and brick masonry have towered over the recently renovated Washington Park in the storied Over-The-Rhine neighborhood.
Over the past 140 years, Music Hall’s façade has seen both highs and lows. In the 1960s and 70s, several botched restoration attempts took place. Harsh sand blast cleaning and poor re-pointing of the brick mortar joints did more harm than good in restoring the structure to its 19th Century glory. In addition, the bold sandstone plinths that stand at the Elm St. entry have weathered from hard winters and over-salting.
With the help of Messer, PWWG, 3CDC and the rest of the project team, SSRG is working to bring new life to the seasoned face of Cincinnati Music Hall. We are patching and replacing the stone accents throughout the building by using Jahn M70 repair mortars from Cathedral Stone. Our project vendors from Stone Center and Nawkaw are helping with the stone plinth revitalization and piano key brick stain detailing respectively. In addition, SSRG is performing stone foundation infills, as well as brick infills throughout to reestablish the original openings.
The Hall will sing again with the excitement of the Cincinnati Symphony come Fall 2017 and so too will its beautiful façade with the assistance of SSRG and its project partners.