Standing tall and proud in the heart of the University of Michigan campus, Hill Auditorium is the venue where the major public events of the university take place. Former U-M regent Arthur Hill bequeathed $200,000 to the university for the construction of an auditorium for lectures, concerts and other university events. Hill Auditorium could be the ideal site for a significant corporate meeting because its unique, hemispherical stage allows a speaker to have an intimate rapport with 3500 people.
Hill Auditorium's most famous association is with the best performing artists the world has to offer. Since its opening in 1913, this impressive structure has served as a showplace for important debuts from a wide variety of the arts, and also has provided the locale for long relationships between artists and Ann Arbor audiences. With superb acoustics that highlight everything from the softest high notes to the most thunderous climaxes, Hill Auditorium is known and loved throughout the musical world.
The hall was designed by the Detroit firm of Albert Kahn and Associates, who have conceived of many notable structures, including the Rouge River plant in Dearborn, Michigan.
Hill Auditorium underwent a major renovation and closed for a period of 18 months, reopening in January of 2004. Developed by Albert Kahn Associates with Quinn Evans Architects, the renovation provided for air conditioning, elevators, expanded bathroom facilities, a Lower Level Lobby with a concessions area, and many other improvements and patron conveniences.
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