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Severance Hall

America's Most Beautiful Concert Hall

Regarded by many music-lovers as one of the world's most beautiful concert halls, Severance Hall opened in 1931 as the home of The Cleveland Orchestra. Designed by the Cleveland architectural firm Walker & Weeks, the building is named for John L. Severance and his wife, Elisabeth, who initially pledged $1 million for its construction. Elisabeth died unexpectedly early in the design process, and John Severance made additional contributions toward the building in her memory. The building’s architectural significance has been recognized by local and national preservation societies, including the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and the National Register of Historic Places, and Severance Hall is a recipient of the Honor Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

A $36-million restoration and expansion of Severance Hall was completed in January 2000. The two-year Renovation Project was undertaken to restore the hall's original detailing, expand its patron amenities and services, retain and enhance its legendary acoustics, and to update its performance and support spaces to once again provide a state-of-the-art home for the Orchestra. The highest goal of the project, designed by David M. Schwarz Architectural Services of Washington D.C., was the preservation of Severance Hall's acclaimed beauty and architectural integrity.

Severance Hall serves as the home of The Cleveland Orchestra for concerts, rehearsals, and administration. The building is also rented by a variety of local organizations and private citizens for performances, meetings, and gala events. Click here for information on renting Severance Hall.

Learn more about Severance Hall’s history as well as our Norton Memorial Organ.

Severance Hall Rental Information

Originally built as one of the world's finest performance spaces, Severance Hall is also known as a unique meeting and event facility. From the gilded splendor of our Grand Foyer and Main Concert Hall to the intimate atmosphere of our Taplin-FirstEnergy Suite and Reinberger Chamber Hall, the fine details of meetings, conferences, galas, and events are enhanced by our impeccable service and attention to detail.

With a full-service restaurant onsite, we offer excellent catering options, and the elegant atmosphere of Severance Hall makes an unforgettable backdrop for photographs.

In addition to singular events, Severance Hall offers the perfect space to entertain concert attendees for a pre- or post-concert reception.

Rent Severance Hall for your wedding, party, or corporate event.

For Facility Rental, Wedding Photography, or Catering Information: Call the Facility Sales Department at 216-231-7420 or email

Tour Severance Hall

Regarded by many music-lovers as one of the world's most beautiful concert halls, Severance Hall is a true gem in the city of Cleveland. Incorporating some of the finest materials and most advanced features available at the time of its construction, there are hidden delights throughout the building.

Free public tours of Severance Hall are offered  on the following days:

Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday, September 20, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, December 19, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Sunday, February 16, 2020 | 12 PM - 2 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, May 30, 2020 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Reservations are required; call our Ticket Office at 216-231-1111

Download or print this Severance Hall Tour Guide brochure to read more about the beauty and detailing of Severance Hall.  (Please note that parts of the building are not open to the public during regular business hours; to tour the building in person, please sign up for a free tour.)

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