cincinnati music hall : cincinnati, oh
revitalization achieves elegant form + exquisite function
Client: Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC)
PWWG was Lead Architect for the renovation of this historic concert theater, the city’s cultural crown jewel, and one of the top acoustically performing multi-function theater venues in the world. Music Hall is home to Cincinnati’s Symphony Orchestra, Pops Orchestra, Opera, Ballet, and the May Festival. The building was on the National Trust’s list of “America’s Most Endangered Historic Places,” and had not had a significant upgrade in more than 50 years. PWWG worked with the city, a large stakeholder group, and a team of national experts in all areas of theater design to craft a renovation that secures the institution’s and the building’s legacy for generations to come, enhances the overall experience for audiences and performers, and makes operations efficient and economical.
307, 600 sf
Total Project Cost
Heritage Ohio, Historic Theater of the Year Award
Society of Registered Architects (SARA) NY Chapter, Design Award of Excellence
Ohio History Connection (State Historic Preservation Office), Preservation Award of Merit
Associated Builders & Contractors Award / Ohio Valley Chapter
Associated General Contractors of Ohio, Build Ohio Award
AIA Cincinnati Design Awards, Honor Award for Building Architecture, Large Scale
IES Illumination Design Award Special Citation for Historic Renovation, 2019
AIA Pittsburgh 2019 Design Awards, Honor Award for Building Architecture, Large Scale
AIA DC 2019 Design Awards, Award of Excellence for Historic Resources/Preservation
2019 Build America Awards, Building Renovation $76 To $125 Million
Theater Design Architect
Martinez + Johnson Architecture
THP Limited, Inc.
Pennoni Associates Inc.
Messer Construction Company
Theater, Lighting Design
Evergreene Architectural Arts