Aline Kaplan takes us on a tour of Steinert Hall on Boylston Street and wonders what will become of it.
This theater features in Kate Racculia's Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts (although not by name, if I remember correctly). The book is a fun Westing Game-style trip through Boston.
I read about this a couple years ago and thought what a great place for a music venue. I understand the difficulty of placing emergency exits and ventilation and such, but the photos evoke exciting ideas of having that space come to life.
What a sad story - it's sad to see an acoustically perfect hall unusable; they are so rare.
I have fond memories of that building. For a couple of years in college in the late 1970s, I took voice lessons in that building. Many times, I'd follow my lessons with a visit to the piano store to wistfully try out pianos and sometimes buy sheet music.
I am so fascinated by abandoned places. This seems like such a waste.
I just read an excellent novel by Joe Peters that deals with the abandoned subway tunnels and Steinert Hall being flooded by a greedy real estate developer to get rid of the homeless who live in the tunnels. The novel also deals with climate change and how it will effect the MBTA.
For the words of the profits were written on the studio wall
And echoes with the sound of salesmen.
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