Proscenium & Auditorium

Proscenium Arch :: (c) Dan Gair, Blind Dog Photo

We’ve accomplished great things since 2003 when the U.S. Senate named The Music Hall an “American Treasure,” adding us to an honored list overseen by National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

From an historical-architectural perspective, the main attractions of The Music Hall are the 1901 golden proscenium arch adorned with cherubs framing the stage, and the classically-inspired 1878 ceiling dome overhead.  These award-winning restorations were unveiled to the public in September 2006 and 2007, respectively.  The extraordinary decorative artistry had been covered over and forgotten for decades, the work of original owners of The Music Hall and artisans from 1878 to 1901.

Architectural conservators have called the restoration “so dramatic, it takes your breath away.” (Bryon Roeselet, Evergreene Painting Studio).  When we received the Preservation Award from the NH Preservation Alliance and subsequently a “Excellence in Architecture Award” from the American Institute of Architects in 2008,  we were understandably proud.  The success of these projects and the building’s urgent needs have led us take on further initiatives to restore this American Treasure. (These two major restorations were not part of the current Treasure the Future campaign, but funded by different campaigns.)

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