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.