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In June, 2018, Raynier granted $650,000 to Hugo House in support of the capital campaign to provide an exceptional home where words and creativity are revered, nurtured, wrestled with and brought to life. In consideration of the grant, Hugo House will name the performance space the Lapis Theater in honor of James W. Ray.

The Campaign To Build an Enduring Home for Words: Y

Hugo House’s former home which was a dilapidated Victorian mansion located on Capitol Hill, has been torn down. Rising on the same site across from Cal Anderson Park is a multi-use building and the future home of Hugo House. The capital campaign to build the new Hugo House began December 2015. Designed by the international architectural firm NBBJ, the design is clean and spare, but incorporates the warmth and coziness of books and reading. The new facility will allow Hugo House to offer significantly more adult classes, greatly expanded youth education programs for the teen writers, the addition of after-school classes for youth, and an exciting season of events, performances, and readings. The plans include: a community meeting space, six classrooms, writing nooks, meditation garden, administrative space, and a 150-seat theater. 

Words are a powerful force for change;-they are how we find meaning and shape our world. By bringing writers and their communities together in groundbreaking ways, Hugo House is a place where the dialogues begin out of which words and books are born. They transform words into a performing art theater, presenting literary events with high-quality lighting, sound, projections, and visuals that will make words come alive and tum readings into happenings for events, programs, readings, book launches, panels, and partnerships with other non-profits. 

As Hugo House presents over 200 events a year, the Lapis Theater will be constantly busy as a performance space for writers at all levels, from Pulitzer Prize winners and Poets Laureate to community favorites that Hugo House brings together for discussions and reading.