Welcome to Maya from Cincinnati. She is the first of 4 bloggers trying out for a place on the AT:Chicago editorial team, covering different cities in the Midwest. Comments welcome!Designed in 1908 by Samuel Hannaford & Sons, Memorial Hall sits just west of Washington Park in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Erected to honor the county's war veterans, the Beaux Arts structure is now used for concerts, performances and other events (John McCain gave a speech here before the Ohio Primary).
The interior is chock-full of inspiration, from its bold color choices to perfectly executed faux finishes, from rich architectural details to luxe materials. We've blogged about the red and green color combo before, and Memorial Hall offers a few takes on the idea using different shades of the colors without ever evoking Christmas.So, how do you get to check out the interior of this amazing building? It's a stop on the Architreks walking tour of Over-the-Rhine, sponsored by the Cincinnati Preservation Association. Or, you can attend a concert by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, or the annual MusicNOW Festival.