In the Fall of 2013, John Senhauser Architects was selected, in collaboration with Westlake Reed Leskosky, to renovate Hamilton County’s historic Memorial Hall by the Cincinnati City Center Development Corporation (3CDC) and the Memorial Hall Society. Our approach to the restoration and renovation of Memorial Hall draws on the same fundamental characteristics that guide all of our work, to connect body and memory to place by carefully crafting details that are specific and relevant to the project. We are acutely aware of the historical significance of this building and the critical role it plays in the greater context of the Over-the-Rhine Theater/Arts district. We will direct our efforts toward reconciling the issues of restoration and renovation, theater and infrastructural upgrades and proper utilization of Historic Tax Credits for this landmark structure.

Using a light touch, the key component of this theater restoration involves the reworking of support spaces to the rear of the Theater’s proscenium. Maximizing the 7’ of additional space allowed for an addition, we will work to improve the circulation, service and amenities necessary to support a modern-day theater.