Hylton Performing Arts Center Tops Out

Posted: February 10, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Hylton Performing Arts Center drawing
The new Hylton Performing Arts Center building will be “topped out” this week.

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, representatives from Mason and the Campaign for the Hylton Performing Arts Center will sign the new building’s final steel beam and watch as the beam is placed and the facility is “topped out.”

The ceremony will take place on Mason’s Prince William Campus at 10 a.m.

Prince William County Brentsville Supervisor Wally Covington; Manassas Mayor Harry Parrish II; Hylton Center Executive Director Jean Kellogg; and other county, city and Mason officials will participate.

The center will feature a reception space, an art gallery and two theaters. The opening is scheduled for spring 2010.

The $44 million, 86,000-square-foot center will provide a state-of-the-art setting for major touring artists and local performers, giving an important economic boost to Prince William County.

The project is a partnership among Mason, Prince William County and the City of Manassas, and has support from the Commonwealth of Virginia and several private philanthropists.

The center is named for the Cecil D. and Irene V. Hylton Foundation of Dale City, Va. The Hyltons are best known for developing much of Dale City. They established their Foundation because they believe in giving back to the communities in which they do business. The foundation provided some of the funding for the construction and endowment fund necessary to build the center.

The center’s two performance venues are the 1,166-seat Merchant Hall and the 300-seat Gregory Family Theater.

In addition, the Hylton Center will partner with the Didlake Foundation, which supports programs that help meet the long-term needs of people with disabilities in Manassas and Prince William County.

As part of this partnership, which was made possible through the estates of Mr. and Mrs. Roger J. Costello, the center’s 10,000-square-foot grand foyer will be named the Didlake Grand Foyer.

Local groups such as the Prince William Symphony, the Manassas Ballet Theater, the Prince William Youth Orchestra and numerous other regional performing arts groups are expected to use these performance spaces.

The theater will also host performances by Mason’s Music, Dance and Theater Departments.

In addition to foundations, many local businesses have provided significant support for The Hylton Center endowment campaign.

Lead corporate gifts came from organizations such as Lockheed Martin Corporation, American Type Culture Collection, Dominion, Temporary Solutions Inc., Micron and Vulcan Materials.

The Buchanan Partners Gallery will be a visual arts gallery on the second level that will house exhibits on a rotating basis that show the best work of local artists in a variety of media.

Other spaces include a Patrons Lounge; catering area; kitchen; scene, paint and costumeshops; dressing rooms; administrative offices; and work space for visiting companies.

For more information, contact Brian Marcus, associate dean for development for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, at 703-993-8607.

Write to at