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.

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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 the 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
    • creation and installation of museum glass to protect the panels
    • SPMH funded the collection and restoration of the panels over the past five years
  • Reinstalling the Albee Mighty Wurlitzer Organ in the Ballroom.
    • The Wurlitzer had originally been installed in 2009, but was removed during renovation to prevent damage from occurring.
    • Replacing doors removed to specifications
  • 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
  • Finial restoration for those that are broken or missing
  • Replacement of the iron roof cresting

Also pertaining to the renovation:

  • SPMH is creating Washington Park Signage that provides information on the architectural history of the hall, and recognizes SPMH's part in the restoration.
  • Underwriting a CET program on the renovation of Music Hall
Ongoing SPMH projects:
  • Developed a more formal structure for SPMH Community Outreach
    • Hired a tour program director who created a volunteer group and training
      • Music Hall guided tours with all volunteer tour guides
      • A Speaker Series that makes Music Hall presentations in the community
      • An In-school Program for grades three to five, which is aligned with art and history standards
  • Twice a year, SPMH creates and publishes ''Music Hall Marks'' and mails to members
In earlier years:

SPMH funded a number of projects, including lighting for the front of Music Hall (Rhoda and Manuel D. Mayerson, Donors), refurbished the CSO Music Director's Suite (Patricia A. Corbett, Donor), cleaned and restored the Springer Statue, and produced a 90-minute, award-winning documentary program about Cincinnati's historic Music Hall in collaboration with CET - Cincinnati public television - and the Cincinnati Museum Center. 

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.

SPMH Volunteers
SPMH Volunteers
The Albee Mighty Wurlitzer Organ in Music Hall Ballroom
The Albee Mighty Wurlitzer Organ in Music Hall Ballroom