|Advertisement from the 1899 Williams' City Directory|
|1887 Sanborn Map of College of Music and Music Hall - Source|
|1887 Sanborn Map - Close-up of College of Music buildings|
As one enters from Elm street the vestibule is on the right, but the Grant street or southern entrance is on the left and this had been beautified in harmony with the rest and is intended for the chief entrance. The gateway is garnished with brilliant pillars of mottled gold. As you pass through the gates the mail hall lies on the left, in front are the staircases in oak and ebony, while to the right above and below are found the elegant waiting and smoking rooms of the Odeon. These are among the most unique and exquisite features of the hall, being as perfectly and elegantly fitted up with curtains, hardwood floors, easy chairs, rugs, &c., as if they were in some private mansions. The drop-curtain has been retouched and much brightened, while the walls of the corridors are richly stained with Egyptian yellow, having a dado of chocolate and a border of gold and red. The boxes are transformed, and seem like glimpses of some Oriental palace; from their glistening brass railings depend rich curtains of olive and blue, producing on the whole an effect of magnificence and splendor.
|Original Floor Plan of The Odeon|
Cincinnati Enquirer; May 11, 1884; pg. 11
|1891 Sanborn Map of College of Music and Music Hall - Source|
|1891 Sanborn Map - Close-up of College of Music buildings|
|The Odeon after the fire|
Cincinnati Enquirer; Sep 5, 1902: pg. 7
Another acceptable reason for the unique place the college occupies among other American schools of music is the fact that it was, until recent years, the only one possessing its own concert hall and theater. This auditorium, listed among the representative theaters of Cincinnati, is called the Odeon, and is a modern building in every respect, being constructed of brick and concrete, and is absolutely fireproof. The Odeon has a seating capacity of 700, and is equipped with large, comfortable, ball-bearing chairs, and provided with ample exits. On the stage is another magnificent new two-manual Moeller pipe organ with electric pneumatic action, while the acoustics of the hall are unsurpassed. The stage is 60 feet in breadth, and so thoroughly equipped with different sets of scenery and appliances as to make possible professional performances by the departments of opera, and of elocution and acting.
|1904-1930 Sanborn Map of College of Music and Music Hall - Source|
|1904-1930 Sanborn Map - Close-up of College of Music buildings|
The following photos from cincinnativiews.net are a wonderful look at these buildings, which all except one, are no longer with us.
|Old College Building at Left|
Administration Building at Right
Facing Central Parkway