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Boston's Secret Artistic Side Revealed Under Boylston Street Piano Store

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04/28/2014 9:50 am
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Courtesy of Greig Lamont for Project of Ruins Courtesy of Greig Lamont for Project of Ruins

Ayah Mahmoud

Staff Writer


It has been discovered that Boston has it's very own hidden, completely secret concert hall. Hidden away under M. S Steinert & Sons on Boylston Street, 40 feet below street level, the Italian Renaissance-style concert hall has been closed for over seventy years. Once described as a “headquarters for the musical and artistic world of cultured Boston”, the hall is now used as a crypt for old pianos and spare parts.  
Courtesy of Emerson College Courtesy of Emerson College
The hall, built by Alexander Steinert, was constructed in the mid-1800s, deep down enough to block out all noise from the busy Boston streets. World-famous pianists and opera singers have graced the stage of the hall, but none since 1942 when the concert hall shut down. Steinhert was forced to shut it down after new laws were introduced following a disastrous nightclub fire.
Over the years, the concert hall has become an almost mythical place, with very few people, including the Steinhert & Sons staff themselves, believing it existed until recently. The discovery of the old hall has had Bostonians in shock, finding it impossible to believe that it was sat right there under the ground the entire time.

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