Built in 1885 during the “Golden Age” of Tarrytown in what was called the “Millionaire’s Colony”, the Music Hall is the oldest theater in Westchester, one of the oldest in the country, and listed on the National Register for Historic Places. It is one of 6% of theaters in the United States built before 1885.
The Music Hall recently underwent a $1.5M restoration project focused mainly on structural upgrades. improvements include: New concrete foundations on two sides, drainage to lead water away from the building, new roof on auditorium building and repairs to front building roof, and windows. New exit doors, drained and paved parking lot, improved insulation, stucco and paint restoration, added stucco to back walls.
For this project, we received a maximum $400,000 NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation matching grant, a $150,000 Save America’s Treasure’s matching grant secured through Nita Lowey, and NYS grants secured through Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and former NY Assemblyman Richard Brodsky. A large contribution from Music Hall Board Treasurer Kent Sheng also made the project possible,
A wheelchair accessible restroom was built on the main level of the theater in October 2011 and was made possible by a Community Development Block grant administered by the Westchester County, Lucy R. Waletzky MD, The Thursday Club, and private donors. Plans to expand the Ladies and Mens restrooms are underway.
In April 2007, the Music Hall purchased the property behind the theater for two million dollars for staff parking and a future loading dock.
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