Graves, human remains found during Music Hall renovation

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Cincinnati, Ohio (WLWT) – Music Hall is just months away from the start of a $135 million dollar renovation.Construction workers made a grim discovery during renovation work at Cincinnati’s Music Hall.

Music Hall has a reputation as being one of the most haunted sites in the country. The site has a rich history, one that predates the 1870s when construction began on the current building.

Construction workers came face to face with that history recently.

Before the construction of Music Hall, the site was used as a a public burial ground, or potter’s field, with unmarked graves.

After that it was the site of an orphanage and some children were buried on site.

Last month, construction workers discovered human remains while working in two areas, under the Orchestra Pit and in a spot known as the North Carriageway.

Under the pit, construction workers found a single grave, with the remains of as many as four people.

In the other location, six individual graves were found.

3CDC contacted Gray & Pape, Inc., a Cincinnati-based national consulting firm specializing in heritage management services, to investigate.

A team of archaeologists, along with forensic archaeologist, verified the remains as human, then documented and recovered the remains.

This is not the first time remains were found on the grounds. Remains were found during the initial construction in the 1870s, and several other times in the nearly 140 years of Music Hall history.

Similar discoveries were made during the renovation work at Washington Park and the remains found at Music Hall will likely be treated the same way.

The remains found at Washington Park were held in storage until the project was complete, then reinterred during a ceremony that took place at Spring Grove Cemetery. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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