Projects: Madden Road Music Hall

Whenever I’m back in my home state of Ohio I try to visit The Building, as my family has always called it. It’s a two-story brick building at a crossroads in Mutual, Ohio, once a thriving little hang-out for local farmers and now just a random collection of residences and a few empty commercial buildings.

Music Hall: trunk & chair

My mom has an antiques shop on the first floor of The Building, and a few years ago the family came together to clean up the upstairs for use as a music hall. The upstairs has seen a lot of action; it was even used as a basketball court when the place was, very briefly, a school. Before those giant windows were boarded up and the place was used for decades of storage (and a home for generations of birds, which proved to be disgusting beyond words), it was a function hall, as they say here in New England. Rumor has it that one hundred or so years ago, things got pretty wild in Mutual. So wild, in fact, that the deed to the building contains the clause that no alcohol can be served on the premises, ever and in perpetuity.

I was in Ohio a few weeks ago and took some photos of what is now the Madden Road Music Hall in repose, with just the faintest echo of loud music, basketball games and wild farmer parties.

7 thoughts on “Projects: Madden Road Music Hall

  1. are you saying your mother has an antique shop in this magical place as we speak? 45 min away from me…..I would love to have you at our house for a meal the next time you visit!

    • I would love to meet you and have a meal together (not to mention see your beautiful farmhouse) the next time I’m in Ohio!

  2. These images are fantastic Sarah! All those soft creams and tans in that wonderful natural glow. Now I’m hankering for a road trip to Ohio.

    • Thank you John. We left the plaster finish in its sad-sack state, and it has such soul. You would love the place.

  3. thank you , sarah for sharing the bitter and the sweet.
    you have an amazing insight into the sensitivity around you…
    always creative, always thoughtful, always sharing.
    somehow, I think you have figured “it” out!

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