Hill Auditorium (1913)
Albert Kahn, Architect
University of Michigan
825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Photos taken November 4, 2011
The Hill Auditorium is a 3,500 seat venue designed by Albert Kahn (originally it seated 4,100, but a 2004 renovation eliminated some seating). The most striking design elements are the grand light limestone columns and frame that contains the entry doors and windows above. Especially at night when you are entering the building for a performance, the light colored columns are prominent, and you do not notice the dark brickwork of the rest of the facade. This brickwork is actually quite elaborate and includes some beautiful decorative tiles (possibly Pewabic Tile, but I have not confirmed that). I have not attended any performances inside the auditorium since the renovation in 2004, but I understand that it was beautifully done…but where did all those seats go?