The financial generosity of many, the major financial contributions of a few and the dedicated hours given by volunteers has provided an outstanding record of significant accomplishments for the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH).

The following list includes some of the preservation and enhancement needs provided through donations to SPMH to reach the organization's goals.

For the Music Hall renovation:

SPMH Contributed over $5 million - and counting - to the Music Hall Renovation project. The work includes:

  • The renovation and restoration of Corbett Tower:
    • returning the room's decor to the original design by:
      • recreating ceiling and sidewall stenciling
      • opening and restoring the three arched tracery windows above Corbett Tower's existing windows
      • opening the arched windows on Corbett Tower's west wall
      • restoring three Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers from the lobby
  • Installing in the Taft Suite on the first floor the restored art-carved panels from the Hook & Hastings Organ
  • Reinstalling the Albee Mighty Wurlitzer Organ in the Ballroom.
    • The Wurlitzer and its accompanying Steinway Grand Piano had originally been installed in 2009, but both were removed during renovation to prevent damage from occurring.
    • Replacing doors removed to specifications
    • Ensuring climate control
  • Cleaning the "Allegory of the Arts" mural in the domed area above the chandelier in Springer Auditorium
  • Removal and storage of the statuary, paintings and displays during renovation, and the replacement of some of those objects
  • Constructing a base for the Theodore Thomas statue, to raise it off the floor, like the base for Reuben Springer's statue

SPMH also funded exterior work designed to restore the structure to how it looked when it was built. This includes:

  • Returning the black brick detailing, lost during the cleaning process in the late 1960s

Also pertaining to the renovation:

  • Underwriting a CET program on the renovation of Music Hall

SPMH currently is in preliminary stages of additional restoration:

  • Finial restoration for those that are broken or missing
  • Replacement of the iron roof cresting
  • SPMH is creating Washington Park Signage that provides information on the architectural history of the hall, and recognizes SPMH's part in the restoration.
Ongoing SPMH projects:
In earlier years:

SPMH has funded a number of projects, including:

With funding from The Corbett Foundation, SPMH assisted with new seating on the orchestra and balcony levels in '92, added chandelier lighting in Music Hall Foyer and assisted with the installation of a passenger elevator to service all three floors in Music Hall.

The SPMH Corbett Trust purchased software for the Bravo Shop to track inventory and equipment for processing customer transactions; provided the final piece of funding for ticketing software that enables print-at-home ticketing and electronic ticket scanning, and enabled much needed plumbing repairs to restrooms and water fountains and extensive painting through Music Hall.

Additionally, SPMH installed and illuminated the 50-foot flagpole and American Flag in front of Music Hall (Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Siekmann, Donors), purchased chairs for the Critics Club, and refinished the floors in the rehearsal hall, ballroom and the stage floor.

Through funding from Louise Dieterle Nippert, SPMH created and installed a Timeline in the Central Parkway Entrance Corridor.

And much, much more.

Join SPMH as we work to preserve, improve, promote and provide education about Cincinnati Music Hall.

Please consider a contribution to help SPMH in its mission to preserve, promote and improve Cincinnati's historic Music Hall. Donate online now.

SPMH Volunteers

SPMH Volunteers

Corbett Tower

Corbett Tower

Art-carved Organ Panels

Art-carved Organ Panels

The Albee Mighty Wurlitzer Organ in Music Hall Ballroom

The Albee Mighty Wurlitzer Organ in Music Hall Ballroom

Black Bricks

Black Bricks