The Emery Outlives Its Enemies

There’s a link on Soapbox to a nice little YouTube about the Emery auditorium.  While you’re watching, think about how the Powers That Were crushed the movement to turn the OMI/Emery complex into a music and arts center.  State Senator Stanley Aronoff instead opened the Ohio funding sluice gates to pour tax dollars into a new theatre on Walnut which was expected to prop up the Maisonette around the corner.  It didn’t matter that the dowdy French feedbox had been coasting for years, propped up by puffery from the incredible Mobil Guides.  The Cincinnati Business Committee still believed the hype and still believed that it was necessary to have a five star restaurant no matter how frumpy the food or décor.  So the acoustically perfect auditorium on the edge of what would become the de facto arts district got told to go away.  And it did.  For a while. But it’s back.  The Maisonette, however, choked on its own escalopes years ago.

How many of you have had your ears blasted out by the sound system in the acoustically dreadful and architecturally laughable Aronoff?  Raise your hands.   Thought so.

By the way, the architects for the proposed revisions of the  OMI complex were Morphosis, whose principal designer Thom Mayne took the Pritzker a few years back.

-Nemo Wolfe

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Published in: on November 4, 2011 at 10:32 am  Leave a Comment  

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