The final goal is within reach for the Simon Theatre and Barnhill Center! You’ve probably heard about or even attended one of the recent events. There have been a number of sold out concert shows, business conferences, galas, wedding ceremony/receptions, movies and even events for children. It is so wonderful to see the original 1925 Vaudeville theatre transformed into a beautiful and functional conference/event center.

Can you believe the progress?

This was just a dream, and now it’s a reality thanks to your support! But we still have more work to do, and we need your help to finish the final touches.

You can make an investment in our community

Your support not only helps restore a piece of Brenham’s heritage and history, but you’re also investing in the community. Washington County sits in the heart of Texas. Every day you see tourists travel from Austin, Houston, and as far away as Dallas. Your support for the Simon helps attract more investment and economic activity in Washington County. The Simon Theatre and Barnhill Center are first class meeting and event spaces.

You can help us complete this project

To date, we’ve raised over $7 million from the local community! Can you believe it? From the beginning, the support for this project has been amazing.  We are only $700,000 away from our final fundraising goal!

We still have a number of naming opportunities for you or a loved one to have their name on part of the restoration. Getting to this point wasn’t easy. So many people have sacrificed their time and money to get the project to where it is currently. Now you can help complete this amazing project and be part of Brenham’s history and heritage.

Through your support, you can help the community keep more dollars in Brenham, and bring more people during the week.

Help us with the final push to complete The Barnhill Center!

Donation Opportunities

LEGACY – Naming of the Conference Center

Barnhill Family and Friends

LEGACY Naming of the New Hall

Anonymous Donor

Hasskarl Auditorium/Theatre

IMO Carolyn J “Johnnie” and Walter F. “Boy” Hasskarl Jr., MD

Visitor Center

Roberta Coles Johnson

Bullock Ballroom

Kathy and Clay Parker

Main Theatre Stage


Hasskarl Auditorium Theatre Lobby

Deirdre and Don Imus





Lobby Elevator

Drs. Wilfred and Bobbie Dietrich

Projection Room & Equipment


Front Office/Meeting Space


Meeting Room B

Schulte Charitable Foundation

Meeting Room A

IMO Myrtle and Sam D.W. Low, Jr.

Ballroom Caterers Kitchen

Lucy and Hal Moorman

Historic Paint Detailing in Auditorium


Proscenium Arch Restoration


A/V Equipment-New Hall


Lobby Display Cases

BetsWest Foundation

Front Row of Seating


Simon Sign

In Memory of Randle Belyeu

Ticket Booth

Lucille Welch

A/V Projection Equipment Grant-Auditorium

Bluebonnet Electric

Concessions/Refreshments Area


Auditorium Stage Curtains

Tom and Janet Whitener

Aisle Lighting in Balcony


Row “L” of Seating

IMO Rosemarie E. & Heinz D. Lichtenberg

Row of Seating (Row B)

IMO Ernest H. Seelhorst

Row of Seating (Row C and up)




The Barnhill Center is open but there are opportunities to continue to support the non-profit organization by leaving your mark on this historic landmark.  The Theatre Seat Sponsorship Campaign brochure is attached. You can also pay by credit card on the link below.

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Simon Seat & Marker Brochure


Click on the link above to view and print the brochure. Click on the “Donate” button to pay by credit card.