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1001 G Street Northwest 250W
Washington, DC, 20001
United States

(202) 333-4480

With a professional working relationship spanning three decades, Gary F Martinez FAIA and Thomas E Johnson FAIA founded Martinez+Johnson Architecture in 1994 to bring their design sensitivities to institutional and cultural projects in urban locations. The 25-architect firm has since established an expertise in three main architectural areas – the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures, institutional buildings in urban areas and community settings, and the design and planning of performing arts venues.

Known for a thoughtful design approach to public facilities, M+J develops an intimate understanding of the needs of users, patrons, and operators destined to inhabit the projects of the firm. M+J looks to the future in their design aesthetic even when the context may be firmly rooted in the past and executes creative solutions to facilities both new and historic, where flexibility, ease of operation, and high but versatile performance characteristics are requisite. Venues express aspirational values and goals of the communities within which they are located, and at the same time conform to issues of economic value at the highest levels of environmental sustainability.

Cincinnati Music Hall


Cincinnati Music Hall


Constructed in 1878, the Cincinnati Music Hall is home to the Cincinnati Arts Association, the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, the Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Ballet, and the May Festival Chorus. Since its designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1975, numerous groups have formed advocating for the renovation of the Music Hall, most notably the Music Hall Revitalization Company in 2010.



Work began on the Music Hall renovation project in 2009, but the scope was soon reevaluated after deeming the project economically infeasible. In 2014 a new $83 million concept was approved, the Music Hall was awarded allocation for a $25 million State Historic Tax Credit, and the redevelopment project moved forward. This funding along with the federal Historic Tax Credits are a key component of the project’s financing plan, and the final design is required to meet the Secretary of Interior’s Standard for rehabilitation of historic buildings, including securing approval from the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office and the National Parks Service.



Martinez+Johnson, Design Architect for Cincinnati Music Hall, has partnered with Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff+Goettel, Executive Architect, for this extensive enterprise. M+J’s nationally recognized expertise in the design and modernization of historically significant buildings has established a comprehensive and economically feasible scope for the rehabilitation and modernization of the venue. This includes redesigning the performing arts facilities to improve accessibility, acoustics, and the overall patron experience; preserving the historic landmark according to national standards to restore the heritage of a world-class facility for performers and patrons alike; economizing operational and back-of-house areas; and executing lasting structural improvements to secure the building’s longevity. M+J is also focusing on the Main Hall, the North Hall, and the Carriageways.

Owner: 3CDC for the Music Hall Revitalization Company c/o Jeff Martin

Completion: 2017

Size: 290,000SF

Cost: $83M


- Edyth Lindner, Major Donor to Music Hall Revitalization Company