Midway through renovations, Music Hall takes on new life

Sep 13, 2019

The Marion Music Hall was designed by William Gibbons Preston in 1891 at the request of Elizabeth Taber, who wanted a place for lectures, concerts, meetings and other celebrations that would “put some snap into her village.” 

For over 20 years, the Marion Music Hall Committee has worked to maintain the space and help with Taber’s vision. 

The committee has made a number of acoustic improvements, including acoustically-reflective and absorbing tiles on the stage and main hall ceilings that were recommended by an acoustic architect to improve sound quality and a new Bose sound system.

The committee has also installed paintings by Marion artist Cecil Clark Davis on the walls in the main hall and reading room.

The hall also has upgraded lighting, controls that will let users dim or turn off lights in different portions of the hall and a generator.

The completed upgrades are resulting in more rentals and general use of the space. Concerts, celebrations, fundraisers, exercise classes, book sales, meetings, lectures, movie nights and weddings fill the calendar.

Marion’s Paulsen family has also donated a Steinway piano for the hall. The piano will be restored and placed on the stage at the Music Hall. 

The Marion Music Hall Advisory Committee is also working on replacing the copper gutters, working on the foundation and repairing the walkway. 

To book the Marion Music Hall, contact Tami Daniel, the Marion Music Hall coordinator, at 508-748-9556 or at tdaniel@marionma.gov.