The Kaufmann Center will be undergoing a major $3 million state-of-the-art renovation as part of a Hill House Capital and Endowment Campaign. With the renovations comes a new name: The Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at Kaufmann Center. Elsie Hillman, a co-founder of the Hill House Association, has been deeply involved for the last 45 years. "She has been near and dear to the Hill House, every step of the way," said Hill House President Evan Frazier.
The improved site includes seating for 550 (from a 350-person capacity), a conference center with up-to-date technology, a full-service kitchen, and an outdoor amphitheater attracting national artists, performances, and corporate annual meetings to the Hill District community. Hill House President Evan Frazier said the new facility will host Hill District speaker series, jazz festivals, and African American Film Festivals.