H·MAC Renovations to Proceed Through 2018 and 2019 from $Million Grant

H·MAC receives a million dollar grant from the State to continue renovations.


In December of 2017, The House of Music, Arts & Culture, formally known as The Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (H·MAC), received a $1 million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). The building has been under renovations for the past decade by John Traynor and two of his partners. John Traynor was thrilled to receive such an award from the state.

“It’s a stamp of approval to all the hard work that’s gone into finishing this project,” said Traynor.

The money will be used for renovations to create a rooftop bar and turn the 10,000 square foot basement (previously the old swimming pool) into a music school, studio and production facility. The school will be geared for both the national and regional folks interested in the music industry. H·MAC also plans to offer 30 scholarships to local children.

H·MAC is moving ahead on expansion and upgrades to the front of the building, interior balcony and Capital Room. The Capital Room has expanded its tap space to hold nearly 1500 people. Traynor wants the building to have historic renovations that will allow it to stand out on N. 3rd Street.

In addition to the music school, the grant will help the team finish the patio and façade renovations. This will allow them to turn the room into a semi-enclosed bar and restaurant area.

Renovations are set to proceed through 2018, and into spring of 2019.