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Taking in the site and the sounds of Severance Hall in Cleveland

Where music lives in Cleveland

Severance Hall is the home of the world-class Cleveland Orchestra, conducted here by Ingo Metzmacher in an October concert.

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Severance Hall’s grand foyer is decorated with Egyptian Revival murals and outfitted with marble from Italy and Indiana.

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A look inside Severance Hall’s grand foyer.

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The crowd buzzes in the grand foyer at Severance Hall.

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The Severance Hall boardroom’s ceiling bears a lotus blossom pattern. The flower was the favorite of Elisabeth Severance, who with her husband, John, pledged $1 million to build the concert hall. She died before its completion.

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A look inside the grand foyer of Severance Hall.

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The boardroom in Severance Hall is a stately setting that features portraits of Cleveland Orchestra founders and donors.

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Ingo Metzmacher conducts the Cleveland Orchestra during an October concert at Severance Hall.

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The audience in Severance Hall.

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Edgewater Park is by Lake Erie.

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Severance Hall opened in 1931. Here is a classic hand-cranked elevator inside.

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Severance Hall was designed by the architecture firm of Walker & Weeks.

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A historic photo of Severance Hall under construction from the Cleveland Orchestra archives.

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Historic photo of Severance Hall nearing completion from the Cleveland Orchestra archives.

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Severance Hall’s design bears the influence of philanthropists John and Elisabeth Severance. The lace-like leaf pattern on the ceiling is said to match her wedding dress.

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Adella Prentiss Hughes, founder of the Cleveland Orchestra, in about 1928.

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Verso: “The Severance Hall Motor Driveway, Spring 1932 shortly after Severance Hall opened.” Looking west toward East Boulevard entrance.

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Severance Hall, Cleveland, 1931.

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John and Elisabeth Severance, in about 1925, probably at their home at Longwood.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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John L. Severance.

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Reinberger Chamber Hall in Severance Hall.

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Verso: “Sokoloff and Adella Prentiss Hughes examining the first recording of The Cleveland Orchestra; Copyright 1924"

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The Arcade Cleveland shopping center opened in 1890.

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Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in1966, backed by the acoustic feature known as the Szell Shell.

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Marble Room is a steakhouse in an old bank building.

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Heinen’s market opened in 2015 in a former bank building.

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The West Side Market opened in 1912.

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