Hill Center aims to broaden the horizons of all who enter by providing high-quality arts, education and cultural programs and other opportunities to engage more fully in the life of our city. With partner organizations and also on our own, we offer classes and courses for people of all ages and backgrounds, along with space for meetings, lectures, performances, gallery exhibitions and other events. While preserving the Old Naval Hospital’s historic fabric, we will keep the Center vital, relevant and financially self-sustaining for generations to come.
Hill Center is a non-profit organization operated by the Old Naval Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. EIN #27-0038119
Hill Center is temporarily closed to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
M–Th: 8am – 8pm
F: 8am – 6pm
Sa: 9am – 5pm
Su: 10am – 5 pm
Please note hours are general guidelines and subject to change for special events and programming. Hill Center Galleries are open during our regular business hours.
There are occasional closings for special events. Call (202) 549-4172 to confirm availability.
Directions & Parking
921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
The main visitors entrance is just off 9th Street, SE under the black awning.
Hill Center is 2 blocks east of the Eastern Market Metro stop on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.
Hill Center does not have a public parking lot. Parking without residential restrictions is available at meters on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE in front of the building. Street parking is limited and specified for Zone 6 permits. Vehicles without Zone 6 permits may not park for longer than two hours at green parking signs, and only vehicles with Zone 6 permits may park at red parking signs. Please read all signs carefully.
Long-term pay parking is available under the bridge at 8 th and I Streets, SE, and weekend parking is available at the Tyler Elementary School lot on 10th Street , SE between G and H Streets, SE after 4 p.m. on weekdays during the school year or at all times on weekends or during summer break.
Reception Desk Aide
Volunteers staff the front desk at Hill Center, greeting visitors, answering phones, registering guests for events and handling inquiries.
Docents will work at Hill Center, conducting tours of the Old Naval Hospital building, the Grounds, and the Carriage House on a regular schedule. Hill Center docents will undergo a training program that will provide detailed information about the history and the major concepts and goals of Hill Center.
Community Events Assistant
Volunteers will assist at select community events to hand out information, encourage participation by the community in the activities of Hill Center, recruit volunteers, discuss fundraising and answer other questions about Hill Center.
These volunteers will assist the Facilities Manager and the landscaping company with the planting, clean-up and the general upkeep of the Hill Center gardens.
Special Events Aide
Volunteers will be needed to help and provide back up to Hill Center staff during public, private and community events.
For those volunteers who may not want to work with the public, various behind-the-scenes activities are available such as helping with mailings, data entry and other office tasks.
Art Gallery Show Transition Assistance
Assist with receiving new artwork and processing outgoing artwork from previous exhibition for return to artist or to purchasers, take items to the proper galleries, hang and level items for display, collect consignment agreements, artist statements and labeling information.
Hill Center does not have any position openings at this time.
Non-Profit Office Suite and Long-Term Tenants
Hill Center’s third floor has been turned into 9 elegantly appointed small office spaces for non-profit organizations. Office space in the ADA-accessible building comes with reception services at the front entrance of the building; shared access to a staff kitchenette; a Conference Room furnished with a table and chairs that will accommodate 14+ individuals; and an informal seating or “huddle” space. Basic internet connectivity via Ethernet jacks and utilities are included in the monthly use fee that ranges from $850 to $1,200 per month, depending on office size. A state-of-the-art geothermal heating and cooling system allows each occupant to individually set their thermostat, and the windows in every office open.
Additionally, Hill Center rents space to organizations on a long-term basis for those who might need space during a remodel, due to displacement or other needs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive. If you’re looking for information about renting space for an event, head over to our Events & Rentals page. If you’re looking for information about our Galleries, head over to the Galleries page. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are you doing to address the COVID-19 pandemic?
Please click here to review our response to the pandemic.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! You can purchase one here.
How do I redeem a gift certificate?
If you received a gift certificate via InstantSeats, just call (202) 549-4172 or email email@example.com.
I bought tickets, but now I can’t attend! Can I get a refund?
All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. There are no refunds unless an event is canceled. If you are unable to use your tickets, you may transfer them to another person. To transfer a ticket, contact Hill Center at (202) 549-4172. In some cases, if we are able to sell your ticket or fill your seat, we will be able to give you a refund or credit. For non-Hill Center programs and classes, please contact the program provider directly.
Is there reserved seating?
Seating is general admission on a first come, first served basis. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the event.
What is your carry in policy for outdoor events?
Outside food and drink are permitted, with the exception of alcohol. No glass.
How do I teach a class at Hill Center?
If you’d like to offer a class at Hill Center, please fill out our Propose a Program form. Our programming team will review and consider the proposals as they come in. If they would like to discuss your proposal in more detail or move forward with it, our staff will be in touch with you.
What is your recording and photography policy?
Hill Center programs may be filmed, recorded or photographed for promotion, fundraising or other purposes. Your attendance in the audience shall be deemed your consent to appear in such recordings or photography without compensation of any kind. Artists or program partners may have specific restrictions for photography or recording of events.
I need a press pass. What do I do?
If you are a member of the press interested in covering an event, submit your request at least 24 hours in advance to Maggie Myszka. Press passes are limited.
Are you ADA-accessible?
Yes. Our main entrance, located under the awning on the 9th Street SE side of the building, is accessible. All floors in the building can be reached via an elevator.
Do you offer sign language interpretation?
ASL interpreters are available for programs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least ten business days prior to the event.
Board of Directors
Hill Center is operated by the Old Naval Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization.
Foundation Vice President Jennifer Cartland is the Deputy Director of Programs at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. Dr. Cartland is responsible for oversight of all key programming including After-School and Summer Academy, Adult Education (Health, Nutrition/Cooking, Financial Literacy), Baseball and Softball, and all Youth/Community Development and Enrichment activities.
Nicky Cymrot, president emeritus, also heads the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. She has been engaged in residential and commercial real estate investment, construction and management on Capitol Hill for more than thirty years.
David Dantzic, who has lived on the Hill since 2007, is a partner at Latham & Watkins, LLP specializing in corporate transactions and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and as outside general counsel to Charter Board Partners.
John Franzén, our foundation past president, ran a political media consulting business on Capitol Hill for three decades and served for five years as senior communications officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts. A resident of the neighborhood since 1973, he is the founding chairman of the Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project.
Rosemary Berkley Freeman, our foundation secretary, is a public affairs consultant and former principal at the law firm of DLA Piper. She has worked in the media, as press secretary to a congressman and a governor, and as a communications advisor to businesses and non-profits.
Brian Hanlon is a third generation Washingtonian and has lived on the Hill with his wife and children since 2005. He is Vice President with Skanska USA, an international construction and development firm. He served as Director of the Department of General Services during the Gray administration and prior to that practiced architecture, planning, and economics for 22 years. He has deep expertise in architecture, business planning, and facility management.
Althea Holford is the Managing Director of Community & Government Affairs at KIPP DC Public Schools. Previously, Althea served in the Deputy Mayor for Education’s Office as a Senior Policy Advisor, supervising the school facility portfolio for the District of Columbia and the Master Facilities Plan. She also spent several years at the Department of General Services. Althea attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Commonwealth Honor’s College and the George Washington University Law School. Her commitment to the arts, community and education is what brought her to the Hill Center.
Guy Martin, president emeritus, has been an active member of our community for more than thirty years, heading fundraising efforts for Peabody School, Capitol Hill Day School and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. A former Assistant Secretary of the Interior, he was also a partner at Perkins Coie.
Our foundation President, Donna Scheeder is retired as Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress and is a widely respected expert on libraries and information systems. A longtime Capitol Hill resident, she has served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and since 2004 has served as Chair of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee.
Elizabeth Pollitt Paisner is the Director of Financial Analysis and Feasibility for Quadrangle Development Corporation, a leading full-service real estate developer in Washington, DC and the surrounding region. Prior to joining Quadrangle in 2014, she worked for the Office of Economic Development Finance for the Government of the District of Columbia. She has been involved in real estate and economic development in DC for over 16 years. Elizabeth lives on Capitol Hill with her husband and children.
Hal Wackman, our foundation treasurer, was a division leader for industrial, energy and infrastructure projects during his 28 years at the World Bank. He worked in numerous countries in Asia, Africa and Europe and served as Country Director in Kenya. He now consults for the World Bank and sits on a number of non-profit boards.
Bonny Wolf is a Capitol Hill writer and editor. She was chief speechwriter for former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and now does commentaries for National Public Radio.
Cathie Woteki was Under Secretary for United States Department of Agriculture’s Research, Education, and Economics mission area, as well as the Department’s Chief Scientist. Cathie is a long-time resident of the Capitol Hill community.