Music Hall, Troy, NY
The Troy Savings Bank was founded in 1823 and moved to its current location in 1870. In appreciation of the community's support, the plans for the new building called for a music hall to be built on the upper floors.
In the early years of the 20th century the Music Hall featured performances from artists such as Lillian Nordica, Henri Vieuxtemps, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Albert Spalding, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Myra Hess and Jose Iturbi. In the 1930s and 1940s, artists including Vladimir Horowitz, Yehudi Menuhin and Artur Rubinstein played there. It was a usual stop for a musician on a tour around America.
Apparently not up to modern building codes, there was long a tradition that prior to each performance the Fire Marshal would come out on stage and announce "There is absolutely no smoking in the Hall. If you have to smoke, you can hit the streets at half time."
December 2, 1884
Image: "Troy Savings Bank" by See Source - Weise, Arthur James (1876) History of the city of Troy: from the Expulsion of the Mohegan Indians to the Present Centennial Year of Independence of the United States of America, 1876, Troy, New York: William H. Young, p. 258 OCLC: 12930415.Low quality scan can also be seen here (image used multiple times between multiple books by same author).Scan courtesy of Rensselaer County Historical Society.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Troy_Savings_Bank.png#mediaviewer...