The historically elegant Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center was built in 1922 with all the period architecture to match. Planned before World War I, it was financed by a bond issue in 1916, but construction was not begun until 1920.
The auditorium cornerstone was laid October 20, 1920, and the completed building was dedicated April 15, 1922. Smith & Oby was one local company involved in the project, at the time the largest convention hall in the United States.
In 1929, the “perfect pitch” Music Hall, seating 2,800, was added to the south end of the building. Its stage is placed back-to-back with the auditorium stage house, allowing the two halls to be united by the raising of a rear stage wall. One of the largest pipe organs in existence was installed on the stage. Today the organ is the fourth largest in the world and the third oldest organ in the world!
Since 1922 The Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center has been the “go-to” venue for classic, national, monumental events and conventions such as:
- Republican National Convention (1924 and 1936)
- Metropolitan Opera Spring Tour (1936-1983)
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2009, 2012, 2015)
- USA Fed Cup (2014)
- NCAA Div. II Wrestling Championship (2014)
- Cleveland Clinic Children’s Gala (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014)
- COSE Small Business Expo (2015)