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
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.
Non-Profit Office Suite and Long-Term Rentals
Hill Center currently has office space available for immediate occupancy. Contact Executive Director Diana Ingraham at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 549-4172.
Hill Center’s third floor hosts nine elegant offices, perfect for organizations with in office staff of 2-4 people. Also included are:
- Reception services at the main entrance of the building
- Windows that open in each office to allow for increased air circulation
- Geothermal heating and cooling system that allows for offices to control their own office temperature
- Secure access to the third floor, minimizing people on the floor
- Discounted rates on space rental at Hill Center
- Significant common space cleaning by Hill Center facilities team
- Basic internet connectivity and utilities
- ADA accessible building with elevator
- Access to a third floor conference room that seats up to 14 people
- Proximity to Little Pearl, a Michelen starred restaurant, on campus in the historic carriage house – the perfect spot for a quick refresh or client meeting.
- Sanitization stations throughout the building.
- Prime location near Eastern Market, US Capitol Building, Barracks Row, Navy Yard, Union Station and the Wharf.
Need bigger space? Hill Center also rents space to organizations on a long-term basis for those who might need space during a remodel, due to displacement, etc.
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 email@example.com.
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?
You are able to redeem your gift certificate during the checkout process on the website. However, if you received a gift certificate via InstantSeats, just call (202) 549-4172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Diana Ingraham. 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 email@example.com 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.
Our Foundation President, Dr. Jennifer Cartland is the Executive Director of Reach, Incorporated. Reach Incorporated, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, develops grade-level readers and capable leaders by preparing teens to serve as tutors and role models for younger students, resulting in improved literacy outcomes for both.
In addition to leading Reach, Cartland consults with Special Olympics North America’s Unified Champion Schools®, where sports, leadership, and targeted activities empower youth with and without intellectual disabilities to unify as advocates for equity and inclusivity.
Adam is a senior policy analyst for the consumer health advocacy organization Families USA. Prior to joining Families USA, Adam served as a health and education policy advisor for Senator Ed Markey and as an associate in the health care practice of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld. Adam lives near Eastern Market with his wife and son.
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.
Foundation Treasurer 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.
Amanda Didden Edwards is an associate principal and architectural conservator with MTFA Design + Preservation. She holds a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. As a conservator, her experience includes performing historic material research and condition assessments for the preparation of architectural preservation projects.
Rosemary Berkley Freeman 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.
Jemea Goso is a senior consultant at Deloitte. She is a Senior-level professional versed in change management, strategic planning and project management with comprehensive experience in the public sector.
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.
Foundation Vice President 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 18 years. Elizabeth lives on Capitol Hill with her husband and children.
Hal Wackman 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.
Alonzo N. White, III is a principal with Fannie Mae. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Bonny Wolf was a journalist for nearly 40 years at various daily newspapers and weekly magazines. For 17 years, she was a food commentator for NPR’s Weekend Edition. She also taught journalism at Texas A&M University and was chief speechwriter for two Secretaries of Agriculture. She wrote “Talking with My Mouth Full: Crab Cakes, Bundt Cakes, and Other Kitchen Stories (St. Martin’s),” and was editor of “A Taste of Hill Center,” Hill Center’s community cookbook.
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.