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


Construction Cost


Firm Responsibility

Architectural Design
Contract Documents
Contract Administration

Completion Date

October 2017


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

Building Design + Construction, Platinum Reconstruction Award, 2018

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



OTJ Architects (formerly Martinez + Johnson Architecture)

Theater Design

Schuler Shook

Lighting Design

Schuler Shook

Landscape Design

Bayer Becker

MEP Engineering

Pennoni Associates, Inc.

Structural Engineering

THP Limited, Inc.

Civil Engineering

Bayer Becker

AV/IT/Security Engineering



Messer Construction




Evergreene Architectural Arts

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